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‘Sonar Anomaly’ discovered off North Carolina coast, with fascinating scientists

NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer during one of his missions from the south-east coast of the USA.

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NOAA explorers have discovered that there is a “sonar anomaly” off the coast of North Carolina.

Scientists have speculated on the site can be anything, ranging from a shipwreck on a geological formation. NOAA said in a tweet late Wednesday that the region turned out to be “in geological origin and that they would continue to circumnavigate the rocky feature.”

#Okeanos is on the way back to the surface after the investigation of the “Big Dipper” Anomaly. While the anomaly was geological origin in the produced a lot of fish species and other fauna. Learn more about the past diving here: https://t.co/whgpJunuZh pic.twitter.com/cxEsfho5lq

— NOAA Ocean Explorer (@oceanexplorer) June 27, 2018

The researchers aboard the Okeanos Explorer explored the area that she thought the “Big Dipper Anomaly” on Wednesday morning.

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Today’s #Okeanos diving on a sonar anomaly that may be a shipwreck. Tune in to help us to discover what this sonar anomaly – an archaeological site, a geological formation, or else! With us live @ https://t.co/a6CNS1u6ZW pic.twitter.com/VwiZWGbc4p

— NOAA Ocean Explorer (@oceanexplorer) June 27, 2018

The exact location of the location is kept secret.

The nickname the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” North Carolina’s coast is the site of many sunken ships, including pirate ships, civil war, blockade runners, and the German U-boat from the second world War, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Wednesday’s mission is part of a larger effort by the NOAA to collect data on “unknown and poorly understood deep-water areas of the southeastern United States.”

The agency added that, despite the large growth of the population on the east coast, “the south-AMERICAN continental margin, has some of the largest gaps in high-resolution ocean mapping data on the east coast.”
 

Joel Langstein is a Fox News College Associate. Follow him on Twitter via @joellangstein

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