Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WEEKEND -

Sci­en­tists study­ing ocean pro­duc­tiv­ity have un­cov­ered a vol­canic lost world teem­ing with marine life off the Tas­ma­nian coast.

The lost world was un­cov­ered dur­ing de­tailed seafloor map­ping by CSIRO re­search ves­sel In­ves­ti­ga­tor while on a 25-day re­search voy­age led by sci­en­tists from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity.

The map­ping has re­vealed, for the first time, a di­verse chain of vol­canic seamounts lo­cated in deep wa­ter about 400km east of Tas­ma­nia.

The seamounts tower up to 3000m from the sur­round­ing seafloor but the high­est peaks are still far be­neath the waves, at nearly 2000m be­low the sur­face.

Re­searchers dis­cov­ered the re­gion to be “bi­o­log­i­cal hot spot” teem­ing with large num­bers of whales and other marine life.

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