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A so-called “Jurassic world” has been discovered, consisting of about 100 of the old volcanoes, buried deep in the heart of the australian outback.
The study, which was published in Gondwana Research, details the findings of the ancient volcanoes which were active between 180 million and 160 million years ago in the Cooper-Eromanga Basin. It is now one of the largest oil and gas regions, it was once home to a room filled with hot ash and lava flying high into the air, surrounded by rivers, which eventually expanded into the lakes and coal swamps.
“While the majority of the Earth’s volcanic activity occurs at the boundaries of tectonic plates and the oceans of the Earth, this is the old Jurassic world is being developed deep within the interior of the Australian continent,” said study co-author, Simon Holford, in a statement.
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“Its discovery raises the prospect that there will be more undiscovered volcanic worlds are located in a poorly explored area of Australia,” Holford added.
The ancient volcanoes, which have been well preserved, were discovered to be under hundreds of feet of rock with the help of advanced surface imaging techniques, which are similar to computed tomography (CT) scans.
In an interview with the IFLScience, Holford, said that the discovery of the volcano was not to be expected due to the heavy presence of the oil exploration and production in the area. The team was called the province of the Warnie Volcanic Province (WVP), “the Warnie East-1 exploration well, drilled in 1985, according to the study’s abstract.
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It is unlikely that there is a lot of paleontological advantage of the discovery of ancient volcanoes, such as the drilling rigs are used to dig through the volcanic rock, the small holes in it, so the chances of it hitting the water are very small.
However, with the discovery of the WVP raises the possibility of other, as yet unknown, the volcanic provinces worldwide,” the study notes.
In October, scientists have discovered another ” volcanic “lost in the world”, off the coast of Tasmania, while the mapping of the sea floor, 249 km south-east of the country.
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