Mysteries of the Deep


The Mid-Ocean Ridge.

It is 10,000 feet high; 500 miles wide; 40,000 miles long. It is the largest geological feature on the face of the earth. This picture provides a view of what the volcanic eruptions can do to the ocean floor.

Pictured here is the space between the American and European sides of the Mid-Ocean ridge located in the Atlantic.

Scientists descended into the ocean depths to view the floor along the Mid-Ocean Ridge and investigate a curious spike in heat in that area. Volcanoes from below the earth’s surface had broken through with violent rage, and destroyed all life on the ocean floor. This is a frequent event along the ridge.

The lava spewed out from the earth and hardened. It then retreted back into the earth and repeated the process. Layers of rock were formed quickly. However, they saw one thing they had not expected to see… life.

This life form attached itself to a lava hardened structure that still had lava flowing through it. The temperature inside the rock was 700 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to melt lead.

A few years later, scientists once again visited the floor along the ridge and were amazed at what they saw. Visits to other locations along the ridge revealed the same curious event: Not only was the terrain structure growing at an unimaginable rate, but life was flourishing as well. The structure of the ocean floor provided a feast for shrimp and other animals. One scientist said, “It was very difficult to imagine that these structures were not created for the animals inside. The bowls are so perfect to serve up the soup of bacteria for the shrimp to eat. Everywhere we went, the geology was as if alive, massive structures growing, not in millions of years, but almost before our eyes.”

“This was truly an extraordinary place like no other on earth. It had seen… years of darkness yet there was no night. It was a place without seasons, without rest, without time. A world driven by the rhythms of the inner earth.”

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3 thoughts on “Mysteries of the Deep

  1. Hi. I was looking for a picture of the mid-atlantic ridge to use for a game I want to make in my classroom. Is it possible to get permission to use it? vlcsnap-2010-03-02-23h04m57s95.png

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