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    Scientists Discover ‘Lost World’ of Undersea Volcanoes

    Australian scientists mapping the ocean’s floor have discovered a chain of submerged volcanic seamounts 250 miles east of Tasmania that seems to be a mid-ocean oasis, feeding “a dazzling array of marine life.” Researchers reported being visited by at least 28 humpbacks one day and a pod of 60-80 long-finned pilot whales the next. They theorized the animals might be using the large undersea volcanoes, with peaks rising 9,800 feet above the seabed, for navigation. Scientists plan to return later this year to film and collect samples.

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