|NEW ORLEANS ALIEN PORTAL|
- Researchers reveal massive brine pool off the coast of New Orleans.
- Researchers first discovered massive brine pool in 2015 using a robosub.
- Now the first hi-resolution map of it has been revealed.
- The 19C circular pool is about 100 feet in circumference.
- Lies nearly 3,300 feet below the surface of the Gulf.
- Contains water four or five times saltier than the surrounding seawater.
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'It was one of the most amazing things in the deep sea,' Erik Cordes, associate professor of biology at Temple University who discovered the site along with several colleagues, and published a report on the findings in the journal Oceanography, told Discovery News after a previous visit to the area. 'You go down into the bottom of the ocean and you are looking at a lake or a river flowing.
WHAT IS IT?
The circular pool - about 100 feet in circumference and about 12 feet deep -- lies nearly 3,300 feet below the surface of the Gulf. It contains water that is four or five times saltier than the surrounding seawater. As a result, the brine is so dense that it sits on the bottom, forming an underwater cauldron of toxic chemicals that include methane gas and hydrogen sulphide that doesn't mix with surrounding seawater.
Now, their latest study has been published. The team retrieved some samples of microbial life that are adapted to handle the high salinity and low oxygen levels of the brine pool. Cordes believes that these creatures could resemble life on planets in our solar system, or beyond.
HOW DID IT FORM?
During the Jurassic period, between 200 and 145.5 million years ago, a shallow sea existed on the site of the current Gulf of Mexico. As plate tectonics continued its inexorable march onwards, this sea was eventually severed from the rest of the ocean. In a warm world, this isolated sea began to evaporate, which ultimately left behind a mass of salt.
This salt then interacted with the seawater, dissolved, and formed clouds of brine that settled on the sea floor. One of the main purposes for revisiting this brine pool was to conduct a high-resolution mapping survey of the area.
'The top layer of the brine pool (surface down to 3m depth) had very high salinity (80–110 psu) and a temperature of 7.8°C. 'Below this layer, we found dense, hydrocarbon-charged, fluidized mud at a temperature of 19°C,' the team said. 'The sampling line and CTD were lowered ~19 m into the pool but never reached a hard bottom—shedding new light on the nature of these 'bottomless' brine pools.'
'This information helps us to estimate the amount and extent of microbial processes occurring in such environments and to better understand how these ecosystems are initially formed, how they change over time, and what controls the differences among them that we observed on these and other expeditions.'
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