Given how long humans called the Earth home, it’s a veritable wonder that there are still so many unexplained phenomenons, so many things to learn and take in.
Since the advent of the internet – and the ease of communication it enables – we’re more connected than ever. This means that mysteries and marvels regarding the natural world around us can be shared quite literally with the click of a button. Debates can be had, theories can be discussed, and we’re all able to see and hear things we never would have only a century ago.
With that in mind, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to share with our readers a recent underwater discovery made by scientists in the Pacific Ocean.
As per reports, an expedition to a deep-sea ridge just north of the Hawaiian islands has revealed what people are likening to an underwater yellow brick road.
Sources say the expedition team’s aim was to investigate a split in the Lili’uokalani Ridge Seamounts in Hawaii. Using a remotely operated vehicle, the crew of the Exploration Vessel Nautilu stumbled upon the ‘yellow brick road’ in question, and it seems as though they were every bit as stupefied as viewers who have seen their video footage since.
The crew live streamed their efforts, documenting the exact moment they came upon what looks eerily like a man-made road composed of yellow, rectangular blocks.
One crew member said: “It’s the road to Atlantis.”
Another added: “The yellow brick road?”
Indeed, the researchers seemed every bit as surprised with the find as viewers who watched the video on YouTube afterwards. “This is bizarre. Are you kidding me? This is crazy?” one of the crew members said at the time.
Though the seemingly mysterious rock pattern fueled plenty of speculation online, it turns out there is a scientific explanation behind it all.
In the aforementioned YouTube video, the researchers described the formation as “an example of ancient active volcanic geography.”
The video’s description reads: “At the summit of Nootka Seamount, the team spotted a “dried lake bed” formation, now IDed as a fractured flow of hyaloclastite rock (a volcanic rock formed in high-energy eruptions where many rock fragments settle to the seabed).”
Watch the video below:
It might not be Dorothy’s yellow brick road, but it’s an exciting find nonetheless.
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