Yellow Brick Road Discovered Under the Pacific Ocean

DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

A strange structure of rocks on the Pacific Ocean floor was discovered by the deep-sea researchers of the Ocean Exploration Trust.

The discovered structure of rocks resembles a ‘yellow brick road’ in the Pacific Ocean, the road to the mythical lost city of Atlantis. It shows that it is an example of ancient active volcanic geology. The structure has a unique 90-degree fracture which could be a consequence of repeated heating and cooling stress from multiple eruptions at this baked margin. 

The road-like structure was found in the Papahnaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) on the Pacific Ocean's Liliuokalani Ridge off the Hawaiian Islands. PMNM is a world heritage site spanned 15 lakh sq. kilometers. There are multiple points enclosed within the PMNM, where the depths go beyond 3,000 m. and only 3% of the entire area has been explored till now.

The expedition was being transmitted live and a recently published reel on YouTube captured the moment when researchers stumbled upon the road while operating a deep-sea vehicle.

The researchers had deep-sea research in the Pacific Ocean using the exploration vessel named ‘Nautilus’ and witnessed the eerie scene. The road is located under about thousands of meters of ocean.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • A strange structure of rocks on the Pacific Ocean floor was discovered by the deep-sea researchers of the Ocean Exploration Trust.
  • The discovered structure of rocks resembles a ‘yellow brick road’, the road to the mythical lost city of Atlantis.
  • The road-like structure was found in the Papahnaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) on the Pacific Ocean, off the Hawaiian Islands. 
  • The researchers had deep-sea research in the Pacific Ocean using the exploration vessel named ‘Nautilus’.
  • The road is located under about thousands of meters of ocean.

   Facts to know:

  • The largest and deepest ocean: The Pacific Ocean.
  • The deepest point in the Pacific Ocean: The Mariana Trench (11,034 meters in depth).
  • The Pacific Ocean Basin contains 75% of the world’s volcanoes.
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