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Following The Yellow Brick Road

Maritime researchers recently discovered a strange Yellow Brick Road beneath the Pacific Ocean. Researchers wondered if it was a road to the mythical city of Atlantis, saying that they would investigate the underwater structures, known as seamounts, formed by volcanic activity.

Reports suggest that the vessel Nautilus discovered the intriguing pathway during a marine expedition to a deep sea ridge in the Pacific Ocean, funded by NOAA Ocean Exploration. The deep-sea exploration, which took place at one of the largest marine conservation areas, revealed an eerie sight in the world under water. Researchers at the Ocean Exploration Trust claimed that they found the paved road around the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) off the Hawaiian Islands.

Yellow Brick Road

Spanned across 1,510,000sqkm, the PMNM is a world heritage site that includes the North-western Hawaiian Islands. Nautilus explored the Lili’uokalani Ridge, after researchers noticed this sight in a rare first. The vessel shared the moment when it discovered the paved road-like structure. Later, the researchers made it clear that it was not the road to the mythical city of Atlantis, but only “an example of ancient active volcanic geology“.

According to researchers, the dry-looking surface is situated at about 1,000mt depth. “This is bizarre. It’s like a brick. This is weird,” a scientist was heard saying in a video. The scientist, who wished to remain anonymous, also said that Nautilus helped them surface this finding at the Nootka Seamount, a shallow exploration site. It is to be noted that there are several points enclosed within the PMNM even at the depth of 3,000mt. In fact, the PMNM is a huge area, and the researchers have explored only 3% of the entire area so far. Nautilus has been exploring this particular area since April 2022.

Watch: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Geologic Features of Liliʻuokalani Ridge

The marine scientists have decided to investigate the split in the seamount trail, as they have failed to understand the origin of thousands of seamounts in the central and western Pacific Ocean. Hence, they documented the findings live, allowing the global community to see the formation of what looks like a man-made brick road with distinct rectangular blocks. The caption of the YouTube post reads: “At the summit of Nootka Seamount, the team spotted a ‘dried lake bed’ formation, now ID’d as a fractured flow of hyaloclastite rock – a volcanic rock formed in high-energy eruptions where many rock fragments settle to the seabed.

Meanwhile, the Ocean Exploration Trust has stated that it wants to reach depths where no human being has ever been reached and to learn more about the hidden geology of the Earth.

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