Researchers Find ‘Yellow Brick Road’ in the Pacific Ocean


Follow the yellow brick road all the way to a deep-sea ridge north of the Hawaiian islands. The Exploration Vessel Nautilus crew was investigating the Lili’uokalani Ridge Seamounts in Hawaii when they came across the rock formation, looking eerily similar to the yellow brick road from The Wizard of Oz.

Using a remotely operated vehicle, the scientists were supposed to be searching for a split in the seamount trail, with the origin of thousands of seamounts in the central and western Pacific oceans which have yet to be understood.

They documented their findings live, which meant they struggled with their reactions when they came across the structure. Their reactions to their discovery of the formation were published in a video on YouTube.

The researchers made jokes claiming that “it’s the road to Atlantis” and of course, “the yellow brick road.”

Despite the initial reactions, the crew did come up with a logical answer as to what the formation actually was. The description of the video begins by explaining the formation is “an example of ancient active volcanic geography.”

It continued: “At the summit of Nootka Seamount, the team spotted a “dried lake bed” formation, now IDed as a fractured flow of hyaloclastite rock (a volcanic rock formed in high-energy eruptions where many rock fragments settle to the seabed).”

Looks like Dorthy doesn’t need her swim trunks to follow the yellow brick road after all.


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