The Atlantic Ocean Harbors the ‘Lost City,’ a Place With Unique Life Forms

The Atlantic Ocean Harbors the ‘Lost City,’ a Place With Unique Life Forms
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If you focus your attention west of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and deep underwater (about 700 meters beneath the surface), you can find a hidden ‘Lost City’ across about 500 square meters where a variety of unique life forms dwell. Peculiar structures having a height of 60 meters exist there, so there’s no wonder why the place is called the ‘Lost City.’

We’re talking about the Lost City Hydrothermal Field, which is also known as the longest-lived venting environment that was discovered in the ocean. To be more precise, the Lost City refers to an area of marine alkaline hydrothermal vents that exist on the Atlantis Massif. That means the intersection between the Atlantis Transform Fault and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The same type of ecosystem that exists on Europa or Enceladus?

The unusual ecosystem from the Lost City might also exist on Europa and Enceladus, meaning two of the Spolar System’s numerous moons. That’s the assumption of microbiologist William Brazelton, as he claimed for The Smithsonian back in 2018.

Twitter user @RebeccaRHelm recently presented a video about the Lost City, adding in the presentation:

This is the Lost City, a towering ecosystem in the middle of the North Atlantic. It’s completely unique, with life found nowhere else on Earth. And if someone wanted to destroy it? There’s nothing you could do about it. No laws. No consequences. Welcome to the High Seas…

 

Enceladus is the sixth largest moon of Saturn and also the 19th largest in the entire Solar System. Europa is one of the moons of Jupiter. Both Enceladus and Europa are suspected by scientists to harbor alien life, which is why they seem eager to explore those moons as much as possible during future astronomic missions. 

Otherwise, both Jupiter and Saturn, the biggest planets of our Solar System, have many more moons than Earth does: around 80 each.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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