Chinese scientists have found a huge ‘ocean’ deep below the Tarim Basin in one of the largest deserts in the world located in Xinjiang China.
Professor Li Yan led the team and estimated this water mass could hold more water that all 5 of the Great Lakes combined.
This area was found to be a carbon sink, where carbon dioxide can be absorbed and processed.
Around 10 years ago, Li’s team discovered large amounts of carbon dioxide disappearing in Tarim, with no explanation over where it could be going.
In a paper in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, Li’s team reported that there could be a large amount of water under earth’s largest deserts which serve as carbon sinks as important as forests and oceans.