Topic: Newly Discovered Volcanic ‘Lost World’ Is a Haven for Marine Life
Posted by .George Dvorsky
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https://gizmodo.com/newly-discovered-volcanic-lost-world-is-a-haven-for-m-1829655088

Australian scientists have discovered a previously unknown chain of volcanic seamounts near Tasmania. The area appears to be brimming with marine life, including a surprising number of whales who may be using the undersea volcanoes as a navigational tool.

The volcanic chain was discovered by scientists from the Australian National University and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, while on a 25-day mission aboard the research vessel Investigator to conduct detailed seafloor maps of the region. The undersea volcanoes are about 250 miles (400 kilometers) east of Tasmania, and they’re quite deep.

“Our multibeam mapping has revealed in vibrant detail, for the first time, a chain of volcanic seamounts rising up from an abyssal plain about 5,000 meters [16,400 feet] deep,” Tara Martin, a member of the CSIRO mapping team, said in a statement. “The seamounts vary in size and shape, with some having sharp peaks while others have wide flat plateaus, dotted with small conical hills that would have been formed by ancient volcanic activity.”


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Oh good.
Let's invade and destroy it.



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