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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Beyond the Farthest Mortal Eye Can Scan: Ocean Near The Centre of The Earth’


In the early part of last year (2014) evidence emerged of the possibility of a vast reservoir of water near the earth’s mantle transition zone  (approx 400 – 650 kilometres deep). Subsequent research seems to be confirming that possibility. To a lay person/armchair-scientist such as myself, that seems quite extraordinary. So this poem celebrates that discovery and further builds the small ‘set’ of poems on this blog with the introductory part of the title ‘Beyond the Farthest Mortal Eye can Scan’. This may be recognized by some as the first line of the second verse of the hymn ‘Angel Voices Ever Singing’ but which can very appropriately be borrowed to celebrate some of the sheer wonders of Creation revealed by contemporary science (and slightly ‘tongue-in-cheek’ the poem borrows the metre of that hymn too - score below). Below the poem, you will find links to the other poems in the ‘Beyond The Farthest’ set .

There is also a link to an article in ‘New Scientist’ earlier this year reporting the discovery.

Beyond the Farthest Mortal Eye Can Scan: Ocean Near The Centre of The Earth’
Deep within our wondrous planet,
near the mantle’s seam,
lies a massive store of water,
pressured massively.
Larger thrice than surface oceans;
lends those seas stability.

Ringwoodite, the rock that hides it
proved its presence in
seismic waves from many earthquakes,
causing earth to ring:
but the readings showed some echoes
curbed through saturated seams.

So our earth again surprises
as we find yet more
of the nature of the planet
deep within its core.
Science makes these revelations -
grounds for wonder, cause for awe.




Other Poems in this sequence
Beyond The Farthest Mortal Eye Can Scan: Brown Dwarf
Beyond The Farthest Mortal Eye Can Scan: DNA
Beyond The Farthest Mortal Eye Can Scan: Pristine Exoplanet
Beyond The Farthest Mortal Eye Can Scan: Pulsar
A ’New Scientist’  article detailing this discovery can be found HERE

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'