During a series of ocean explorations where mapping of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge was included, experts made a finding this surprised them.
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAAfor its acronym in English, are still unable to explain the series of holes located in the flat, sandy surface of the Atlantic.
Mysterious holes at the bottom of the sea
They explained that It was not the first time reported on this event in the region. However, this remains a mystery; Although they appear to be man-made, there are some small mounds of sediment around the holes which reveal that they were searched by “something”.
The discovery came from of 3 ocean explorations including mapping and a remote-controlled vehicle to better understand deep waters that surround the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Map of the prospecting route. Credit: NOAA.
It’s such a riddle, scientists have asked collaboration with users through social media. More 500 people, between Facebook and Twitterthey replied, providing a host of different hypotheses about the uniform appearance of the holes.
Among the theories is a possible business that could be sample collection of the seabed. Something that could explain the straight lines and near-perfect spacing between each hole. Especially, if it is not the first time that we see it in the region. The problem is that the rest of the earth has not not a single brand of machines.
“Bubble holes” have also been theorized, with sediment resulting from organic ruptures or seismic pressures through the plates.
Another possibility is a crab; one user said it might be some kind of unknown crab that it hides in rectangular holes and “hunts in linear packs”, waiting for prey to fall into its clutches.
Also, as expected, the extraterrestrial hypothesis appeared. Perhaps as a joke, since it was accompanied by the popular meme of Giorgio Tsoukalosbut many users consider this a serious possibility.
What could these holes at the bottom of the Atlantic be?
Close view of the holes. Credit: NOAA.
Yet the theory most accepted by users was one that suggested that sediment “seeps in”, or that water flows out of a crack in a geological platform or roof of a cavea.
Ancient coral or a sedimentary rock structure underneath may have a void through which material moves. It is possible for caves or deformations to form on the bottom of the sea.
The scientists they could not determineIn short, what is the origin of the mysterious holes. One of his hypotheses postulates that the uplifted sediment could show an excavation of an unknown organism that lives in the sediment, possibly through a feeding appendix of a large animal on the surface of the sediment.
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Experts coined the termlebenspurenor “life prints”, to refer to the strange pattern of surface sediments resulting from the “bioturbation“. In fact, the lebensspuren are very reminiscent of the “ichnofossilsfound in deep sea rocks.
Credit: NOAA Ocean Exploration.
A mysterious case which is still under investigation and which has aroused a multitude of opinions around the world. What will have caused the strange pattern of holes in the seabed?
References: NOAA / Very interesting.
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