A mud volcano, the result of an unusual geological phenomenon, has been discovered 400 meters deep in Norwegian waters southwest of the Barents Sea.
The volcano is about 7 meters in diameter and 2.5 meters high (ITU/AKMA3).
It was discovered aboard the research vessel Kronprins Haakon with an ROV piloted submersible vehicle chartered by the AKMA project, a collaboration of the Arctic University of Norway and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute of the USA.
The location of the volcano (Google).
The newly discovered volcano rests within a crater that is approximately 300 meters wide and 25 meters deep and is most likely the result of a catastrophic natural explosion that abruptly released massive methane just after the last glaciation period, 18,000 years ago.
An incredible discovery
Currently, what has been called the Borealis Mud Volcano, is about 7 meters in diameter and 2.5 meters high and continuously emits methane-rich fluids. Methane is a very potent climate gas when it reaches the atmosphere.
The research vessel Kronprins Haakon carrying a piloted submersible vehicle discovered the volcano.
This discovery will help scientists understand the potential impact of localized but persistent phenomena over time on the global methane balance and its impacts on ecosystems.
Europa Press Agency.
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