Israeli scientists discovered a new underwater canyon near Cyprus

Israeli scientists discovered a new underwater canyon near Cyprus

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Category : Science and Tech Published on: February 07 2024

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  • Israeli scientists discover new underwater canyon 'Eratosthenes' near Cyprus.
  • This canyon is known as 'Eratosthenes', which is near the sea mountain, and its origin dates back to the Messinian event, which occurred about 5.5 million years ago.
  • This canyon is about 10 km wide and 500 meters deep and was under water at the beginning of the Messinian period, when the salt layer was equalized before deposition.
  • It was formed when the level of the Mediterranean Sea decreased and at the same time the salinity of the water increased, causing draught currents or dense ploughs that destabilized the underwater slopes and caused the sinking of the sea floor.
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