Ponds within oceans.
September 19, 2006 6:56 PM Subscribe
The Brine Pool,
at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, is a salt pond more than 50 meters in length, whose water has such a high concentration of methane gas, that it supports surrounding mussel beds resembling a beach shoreline, around its entire perimeter. Called by some "one of the strangest places on earth
", The Brine Pool also provides habitat for hag fish and other creatures who dive into and out of its salty water for cover and camoflage, as well as some weirdo worms that live on the strange frozen methane hydrates that can form in, or adjacent to such pools
. In some photos, "waves" can be seen on the "surface" of The Brine Pool
, as its heavy salt water remains distinct from the seawater of the Gulf above.
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