British scientists have gone on an oceanographic mission to the waters of the Canary Islands to examine a strange black hole discovered in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
British scientists have gone on an oceanographic mission to the waters of the Canary Islands to examine a strange black hole discovered in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that could provide valuable information on the composition of the Earth’s center.
This hole has been described as an open wound on the surface by geologists and oceanographers at Britain’s National Oceanographic Centre.
The studies revealed the existence of a huge crater under the earth’s crust, 3000–4000 meters in diameter, located at a depth of 4900 meters, formed during the movements between two tectonic plates. This hole surprised scientists because, normally, such holes are quickly plugged by volcanic magma.
A team of 12 Britons, led by Professor Roger Searle from Durham University, will examine the hole for six weeks, using a robot that will travel around the area and extract material by drilling holes 4cm in diameter and 1m deep.
The robot, equipped with a digital camera, will take high-resolution images. It is a unique opportunity to see what this inner layer of the Earth is like, the head of the team told the Spanish daily El Pais, shortly before the ship’s departure.
The scientist emphasized that the absence of volcanic matter at the level of the Crater will allow the robot to access the materials closest to the center of the Earth. But the conclusions will take several years…