A team of scientists has just made way to one of the largest discoveries in the past few years. Within just one experiment, they succeeded to find evidence of a massive landslide happened a long time ago. Without this seismic activity, the world wouldn’t have known the Australian coast as it is today. Moreover, they tracked down a different ecosystem that evolved on the landslide that hides beneath the Great Barrier Reef.
Nearly 3,000,000 years ago, a strong earthquake might have impacted the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. As a result, a massive landslide with a surface that is 30 times bigger than the Uluru rock detached itself from the continent and formed its own ecosystem beneath the Great Barrier Reef. A second side effect of the natural cataclysmic event was a 27 meters high tsunami.
At the beginning of the experiment, scientists wanted to make a 3D sea map of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. However, their attention was caught by the existence of eight hills along the perimeter which was a mile below the surface. These formations were covering 20 miles of land that scientists formerly thought it was flat. The experiment evolved into detective work to try and find out the origin of these ridges.
The group of scientists used the Southern Surveyor research ship to conduct a series of studies and surveys. The conclusion led them to the discovery of a three million-year-old massive landslide. Dr. Robin Beaman stated that this slice is originally from the Australian coast. The discovery proved to be the largest one out of the seven recently uncovered undersea landslides.
Scientists proceeded to create a simulation of what must have happened 3 million years ago. Only a violent force of nature could have sliced a massive block of sediment with a volume of 32 cubic km off the coast of Queensland. Afterward, the block collapsed and tumbled 20 miles from its first location.
Moreover, after the scientists studied a sample from one of the eight hills, they were pleased to find out that the massive landslide is home to a past and present ecosystem. Despite the somewhat rough conditions that rule the deep underwater universe with 7 degrees above freezing temperatures, the newly discovered world is full of life.
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