The so-called "Jurassic World" was discovered, consisting of approximately 100 ancient volcanoes buried deep in central Australia.
The study, published in Gondwana Research, details the discoveries of ancient volcanoes that were active between 180 million and 160 million years before the Cooper-Eromanga Basin. Now one of the largest oil and gas regions in the country, it was once home to an area filled with hot ash and lava flying high in the air, surrounded by rivers that eventually evolved into lakes and marshes.
"While the majority of Earth's volcanic activity occurs on the boundaries of tectonic plates or beneath the oceans, this ancient Jurassic world has developed deep in the Australian continent," study co-author Simon Holford said in a statement.
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Ancient volcanoes. , which are well preserved, have been discovered below hundreds of feet of rock using sophisticated under-roof imaging techniques similar to CT scanning.
In an interview with IFLScience, Halford says that the detection of th volcanoes was not expected due to the strong presence of exploration and oil production in the area. The team called the province of Warney Province (WVP) "after the Warnie East 1
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It is unlikely that there will be much paleontological benefit from the discovery of ancient volcanoes, since drilling platforms used to dig through volcanic rock make only small ducts so the chances of hitting fossils are insignificant.
However, the discovery of WVP does raise "the possibility of other, yet unidentified, volcanic provinces globally," the study notes.
In October, scientists discovered another volcanic "lost world" off the coast of Tasmania while mapping the seabed 249 miles east of the country.
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