A large freshwater tank is found beneath the Atlantic – from Massachusetts to New Jersey, according to researchers.
"We knew there was isolated water there, but we did not know the degree or the geometry," explains lead researcher Chloe Gustafson, Ph.D.
"This can be an important resource in other parts of the world," she said in a statement.
Using electromagnetic waves, Gustafson's team managed to draw an underwater "aquifer" – which extends about 50 miles to the edge of the continental shelf. "If it finds itself on the surface, it will create a lake covering about 15,000 square miles," he wrote in his team. "The study suggests that such aquifers are likely to be found on many other shores around the world and could provide desperately needed water to dry areas that are now in danger of leakage."
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"Analyzes show that deposits are not scattered; they are more or less continuous, starting from the shoreline and extending far into the shallow continental shelf – in some cases up to 75 miles, "the researchers said. "For the most part, they begin at about 600 feet below the ocean floor, and at about 1,200 feet underneath."
Gustafsson's team, which publishes its results in the Scientific Reports magazine, believes the reservoir's water "has probably fallen beneath the seabed in one of two different ways."
"About 15,000 to 20,000 By the end of the last Ice Age, much of the world's water has been closed in a mile, and in North America it extends to the present North New Jersey, Long Island and the New England coast, "the researchers said. much lower, exposing much of the current underwater horse When the ice melted, the sediments formed huge river deltas at the top of the shelf, and fresh water stuck there in scattered pockets.
In order to one day use water for consumption, scientists would have to "We probably do not have to do this in this region," said Carrie Kee, author and geophysicist, "But if we can show that there are large aquifers in other regions that are potentially resource-rich.