Images Show Mysterious holes ‘Perfectly Aligned’ Beneath the Atlantic Ocean, and No One Knows What Made Them
“While they look almost man-made, the small piles of sediment around the holes make them look like they’ve been dug out by something,” says the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Scientists have discovered a series of mysterious “perfectly aligned” holes in sediment 1.7 miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, and they don’t know what caused them.
They were found by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) while conducting a survey of the seafloor around the Mid-Atlantic Ridge using a remotely operated vehicle.
The holes, which could be vents or trails, were found in sediment near the top of an underwater volcano north of the Azores.
In a Facebook post, NOAA acknowledged that holes had been previously reported in the region, “but their origin remains a mystery.”
“While they look almost human-made, the small piles of sediment around the holes make them look like they’ve been dug by… something,” the agency wrote, before asking followers to suggest their ideas.
Several people questioned whether sediment samples had been sampled by a machine or whether bedrock was moving under the ocean floor releasing methane bubbling up from the Earth’s interior.
Some of the answers with less evidence to support Mysterious holes included aliens and “something left over from Atlantis”, while a more rational proposal suggested: “It looks like sediment falls through the openings, not pressure blowing upwards.”
“If it’s possible there was something like a submarine buried Mysterious holes under there that moved and sediment fell through the vents in the outer shell,” they added.
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