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Scientists find hypnotic upward-facing mirror pools on the seabed




Schmidt Ocean Institute

Thanks to some underground underwater researchers, I am now firmly convinced that the seabed contains portals for a Stranger Things -que Upside Down.

A team of scientists from the Schmidt Ocean Institute have spent their days exploring the depth of California Golf as part of the "Microbial Mysteries" expedition. During the last month, the team has tried the area and snapped video from approx. 1

.2 m below the surface. At that time, they have gathered data to detail the microbial communities and the metabolism of the depth and gain a better understanding of how microbes live around hydrothermal vents and cold seas.

In the alien's extreme extreme environment, it is remarkable to see life flourishing and use the nutritious vents and tough to stay alive. But it was another geological formation that was caused by an underwater volcano that gave the greatest surprise.

Using the institute's research vessel "Falkor" and their remote-controlled robot researcher "ROV SuBastian", researchers were able to discover new geological formations with "mirror-like flanges" areas where hydrothermal valve fluid is collected in topsy-turvy pools. When chief scientist Mandy Joye mocked one of the unusual pools, the jaw literally fell.

You can see a wealth of amazing footage from the expedition, in 4K below:

However, not all good news for the seabed itself.

"Even in these remote and beautiful surroundings, we saw abundant amounts of waste, including fish nets, deflated Mylar balloons and even a discarded Christmas tree," Joye said in a press release. "This provided a sharp juxtaposition alongside the spectacular mineral structures and biodiversity."

In some of the "highlights", waste is scattered around the rocks and muddy soil. At one point in the video, Olaf's smiling face, the snowman in Disney's animated film Frozen, smiles back on the underwater camera. We have found plastic pollutants even the world's deepest point so it's not all that surprising – but it casts a solemn pallet over Ocean Institute's discoveries.


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