Lost ancient landscape under North Atlantic Ocean discovered by British researchers

By on Jul 11, 2011 in Archaelogy, Europe, Science, World Comments

A lost ancient landscape under the North Atlantic Ocean was reportedly discovered by British researchers recently, through data gathering by a seismic contracting company.

3D images of the lost ancient landscape under the North
Atlantic Ocean created during the data gathering

Image Credit: Ross Hartley/LiveScience.com

According to Live Science on Sunday, July 10, 2011, the ancient landscape, which was believed to be around 56 million years old, was discovered using the data gathered.

As noted on the report, the research team was led by Ross Hartley of the University of Cambridge and found a wrinkly layer 1.2 miles (2 km) under the ocean, apparently the proof of the lost landscape.

“It looks for all the world like a map of a bit of a country onshore,” University of Cambridge geologist Nicky White was quoted on the report, who is also the senior researcher of the discovery.

“It is like an ancient fossil landscape preserved 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) beneath the seabed.” White added, noting that he and his colleagues think that it is part of a larger region that merged with Scotland.

The discovered landscape is located approximately 3,861 square miles (10,000 square km) west of the Orkney-Shetland Islands that extends above sea level to as far as 0.6 miles (1 km).

Apparently, these geologists used an advanced echo-sounding technique to get information about the ancient landscape and later created 3D images based on the data gathered.

These images were reportedly formed using the information brought by the changes in material encountered by the sound waves produced by high-pressurized air from metal cylinders.

In addition, the research team was also said to have found evidence of a marine environment indicating that the ancient landscape was previously visible on the land but was later buried the ocean.

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