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Underwater Lake

In Surreal on February 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Yes it’s real. It’s a river in the ocean.

Seeing this on an episode of BBC’s documentary ‘The Blue Planet‘, I thought it was the strangest and coolest thing. Here, the ‘river’ of sorts is actually a very thick layer of brine that is continuously released from a rift in the ocean floor. The brine is rich in minerals and supports huge ecosystems such as the one pictured above, even though this part of the ocean is devoid of light.

You would think that the distinction between ocean and ‘river’ would be unnoticeable, but the cloudiness of the brine actually lends itself to providing that distinction. The ecosystems make the brine river even more believable by creating a ‘beach’ alongside it. Incredible.

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