LOST WORLD FOUND
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.