Lost World Of Underwater Volcanoes Discovered Near Tasmanian Coast

Posted: Oct 10 2018, 10:33am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Lost World of Underwater Volcanoes Discovered Near Tasmanian Coast
Volcanic seamounts chain is mapped by CSIRO research vessel Investigator.

Researchers find a Volcanic Lost World Teeming with Life near the Island of Tasmania

A lost world consisting of volcanoes underwater in the ocean has been discovered by scientists. The area lies off the coast of Tasmania. After navigating in the vicinity of the region, the scientists found that this volcanic treasure trove lay just 400 km away from the Tasmanian Coast.

These volcanoes reach heights of 3000 m. However, many of them still lie 2000 m below the surface waves of the oceanic depths. The mapping took some effort but it was worth it in the end. It revealed a fascinating niche worth exploring for all the biological and geological riches it contains.

According to Dr. Tara Martin, from the team of researchers that studied the lost world, “Our multibeam mapping has revealed in vibrant detail, for the first time, a chain of volcanic seamounts rising up from an abyssal plain about 5000 m deep.”

As for the differences in dimension and massiveness, there was a mixture of craggy mounts and expansive flatlands. Also present in the region were cone-shaped mounds that were probably created by the pressure of underwater oceanic volcanoes. The effort is underway to declare this region a marine sanctuary for the protection of the rare forms of life found in its cradle.

The sheer biodiversity of life present in the area includes seabirds and marine mammalian species. Besides these, phytoplanktons are available in plenty in the area. According to one of the research scientists, “Large numbers of humpback and long-finned pilot whales” visited the locus of concern while they were observing the marine life forms.

Apart from more than two dozen humpback whales, a group of a large number of finned pilot whales also came on the scene next much to the marine researchers’ surprise. Avian species such as albatross and petrel also hovered overhead.

The focal point may be a migratory marker where whales stop by on their marine meanderings. The colder months are spent by these whales in mating while the hotter months are an ideal time for them to feed on phytoplankton.

It is indeed pure luck that the marine scientists have come upon this delightful region in the oceanic depths where volcanic activity caused such diverse living creatures.

High-resolution video clips of the waters along with the collection of rock specimens to gauge their actual inception in the earth’s geological past are necessary. Many enigmas will be solved with the passage of time thanks to this discovery of a lost world of underwater volcanoes just off the coast of Tasmania.

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