This is what would happen if you 'pulled the plug' at the deepest part of the world's oceans

Ryan Butcher@ryanjohnbutcher
Saturday 16 May 2020 17:30
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There are many great questions in this universe of ours. Some which may never be answered.

Are we alone? How did life begin? Is there a higher power? Do we have a soul? Why does Ribena in cartons never taste as good as when you dilute it yourself?

Well, thanks to a rather charming video which went viral back in 2017, we finally have an answer to one burning question about the world and everything in it:

What would happen if a tiny 10 metre hole opened up in the Mariana Trench?

The Mariana Trench, for those that skipped this one in geography, is one of the deepest parts of the world's oceans, located in the western Pacific Ocean, somewhere to the east of the Mariana Islands.

You might also remember it as the location of the portal between the Earth and the Anteverse, homeworld of the Precursors and the Kaiju, in 2013's monster-mash blockbuster Pacific Rim.

Anyway, according to IFL Science, the question was first posted a few years ago in a book called What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, and then one enthusiastic Reddit user named Vinnytsia created the answer in animation form, showing the world's oceans draining away through a hypothetical plughole.

Vinnytsia said that they made the animation using data from the Natural Earth Oceans and Lakes and Reservoir sets and an open source government Global Relief Model map. They also added that the "math for calculating the time is based on a simplified version of the Bernoulli incompressible flow equation".

So science, basically.

It's cool, we guess. But we're kind of disappointed we're not going to live in a post-apocalyptic world where massive robots square off against huge monsters from another dimension.

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