Have you ever wondered that there exist places amidst the ocean? You are absolutely right if your thought is positive about it. There are indeed lakes, rivers, and ponds. It might be difficult to think this as plausible but it is actually true.
In some zones of the sea, the seafloor constitutes of thick layers of salt. When seawater leaks through the dense salt and mixes with it, this results in heavy saline seawater. The latter is much thicker and heavier than regular seawater.
This brine or saline isolates itself from the surrounding seawater the same way oil and water separate when mixed. The brine then gets settled in holes and depressions in the seafloor, hence forming lakes, ponds, and even rivers.
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The Monterey Canyon, on the coast of California, has similarly been shaped over millions of years by this strange “undersea river”. The flow has cut a valley into the seafloor past the mouth of the canyon. It extends nearly two hundred miles before slopping onto the abyssal plain of the deep ocean.
Channels like these can be found fixed into sea-beds across the world. They have been found to be located off the coasts of Greenland, the Amazon, the Congo, and Bengal, and the list is endless.
Learn about the seven wonders of the underwater places:
Belize’s Barrier Reef
Belize’s Barrier Reef is nothing compared to the fabulous underwater surroundings found at the Belize Barrier Reef. The country’s highest tourist destination boasts one of the most varied ecosystems in the world.
Deep Sea Vents, Ecuador
These strange underwater environments can endure life even with a lack of sunlight. Organisms like tube worms, sea cucumbers, sponges, brittle stars, and a variety of mollusk species make this a true wonder.
Northern Red Sea, Africa
Also identified as the “underwater garden of Eden,” scuba divers who explore the Northern Red Sea are prized with a submarine paradise full of 1,000 different kinds of fish.
The Great Barrier Reef
Formed approximately 18 million years ago, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and can be seen from the orbit of the earth. It is a dream destination for any diver.
Lake Baikal, Russia
This one contains 20 percent of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater reserve. It is the oldest and deepest lake in the world.
This one is a World Heritage Site. The Galapagos Islands show an amazing range of land and sea creatures.
The Palau reefs surround the 343 islands that make up the nation of Palau in the Pacific Ocean.