A team of scientists has recently discovered an impressive and yet terrifying underwater landscape, right off the coast of Australia. What’s even more striking is that the submerged realm looks very similar with how author J. R. R. Tolkien imagined the fantasy realm of Mordor in the Lord of the Rings series. Fortunately, there is no dark lord in sight or any rings for that matter. The American Geophysical Union Journal recently published the team’s findings. In order to discover this underwater landscape, the team used some advanced imaging techniques. Those revealed the valleys and peaks of this mysterious world.
Moreover, the researchers discovered 26 ancient lava flows, which measure 21 miles in length and 9 miles in width. As for the peaks of this real, they are 2,051 feet high. This means that even with the legendary courage of Frodo Baggins, those would be quite a challenge to overcome and climb. According to Nick Schofield from the University of Aberdeen, who took part in the research, they used data which they acquired from oil exploration efforts. This was how they managed to map this underwater landscape in extraordinary detail. Everyone in the team agreed that the volcanic underwater realm looks very similar with the Mordor drawings from the Lord of the Rings books.
The submerged, volcanic Mordor
It’s interesting that apart from offering us a look at how Mordor could have really looked like, this landscape could teach researchers a lot more. It could offer more details about how lava flows erupt and then spread. According to the team, these eruptions might have taken place about 35-million years ago.
The researchers also discovered some kīpukas in the Bight Basin off the coast of Australia. These are small islands which lava flows created when they formed around their edges. Now, the team wants to do even more research on this landscape to find more of its secrets.
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