“It’s extraordinary to think that we’ve put someone on the moon and we’re very familiar with lots of parts of the planet, we’ve got Google Earth and yet here we are, we’ve got parts of the planet that have never been sighted or explored before!” – Peter Garrett, Australian Environmental Minister
“Hundreds of new marine species and previously uncharted undersea mountains and canyons have been discovered in the depths of the Southern Ocean, Australian scientists said Wednesday.
A total of 274 species of fish, ancient corals, molluscs, crustaceans and sponges new to science were found in icy waters up to 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) deep among extinct volcanoes, they said.
The scientists mapped undersea mountains up to 500 metres high and canyons larger than the Grand Canyon for the first time, the government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) said.”
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