While they live-streamed their findings, the researchers were shown encountering a formation that, at first glance, appeared to be a man-made brick road that included evident rectangular blocks.
They jokingly wondered if the yellow brick path they found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean could be the "road to Atlantis," a fictional imperial superpower island mentioned by the Greek philosopher Plato.
Once the crew spotted the formation, a researcher on the radio was heard saying that the pathway was "the road to Atlantis."
Another scientist responded to that query by asking if they meant "the yellow brick road."
Mysterious 'yellow brick road to Atlantis' found on bottom of ocean
Although it may appear as a yellow brick road to the fictionalised city of Atlantis, it is simply an example of ancient active volcanic geology.
EVNautilus' YouTube caption explained:" 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)."
They also said that the pattern of fractures in the rock resembling cobblestone is probably a result of repeated heating and cooling due to countless volcanic eruptions over time.
The "never-before-surveyed area" is aiding researchers in their quest to take a deeper look at existence on "and within the rocky slopes of these deep, ancient seamounts."
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