Scientists discover the “route to Atlantis” at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean
A team of marine scientists discovered fascinating geological formations while diving on the Lili uokalani ridge in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the Pacific Ocean.
The research team was studying seamounts, undersea mountains or geological landforms formed by extinct volcanoes rising sharply. The team was inspecting the top of the Nootka Seamount with the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus and discovered a “dry lake bed“Formation that included hyaloclastite rock.
The geological formation has been described as a “yellow brick roadwhich leads to the mythical city of Atlantis and is an excellent example of ancient volcanic geology. The 90 degree brick-shaped fractures were likely caused by acute heating and cooling from multiple eruptions. PNMM is located north of the Hawaiian Islands and spans 583,000 square miles of ocean, making it one of the largest marine conversation areas on Earth.
“Our exploration of this never-before-studied area is helping researchers better understand life on and in the rocky slopes of these deep, ancient seamounts. Scientists are studying the microbial communities residing in ferromanganese crusts found on rock surfaces and how the characteristics of the crusts vary from region to region in ocean basins as well as the microorganisms that live on and in them breast.
These studies will help provide baseline information on living seamount communities that can inform management and conservation measures,” reads the description of the video.