The lake is a cauldron of toxic chemicals, including methane and hydrogen sulfide.
During its In a recent study in the Gulf of Mexico, experts discovered an underwater lake that kills almost everything that enters it. The lake has been named the Jacuzzi of Despair, writes BGR.
This Jacuzzi of Despair is what scientists call an underwater salt lake. It's full of methane, making it a toxic seawater zone that kills just about anything that swims in.
This deadly lake was discovered off the coast of New Orleans. It is 30 m in circumference and about 4 m deep. Due to the increased salt concentration, the area is also 5 times saltier than the surrounding ocean.
Since the discovery, scientists have visited the Jacuzzi of Despair using robotic submarines. This allowed them to get a good look at the life that survived the enormous toxicity of the salt lake. The lake kills almost all life that enters it, however, there are some forms of life that can still support their existence here.
“Knowing that such areas exist in the ocean, it makes one wonder how many more such mysterious and deep regions are waiting to be discovered,” the researchers noted.
The oceans are mesmerizing in their majesty and mystique, and the knowledge that places like the Jacuzzi of Despair exist in them makes it even more exciting. The fact that the waters in this area are so toxic, while the rest of the ocean around it remains relatively normal, is intriguing.
Scientists believe this is possible due to the density of the water. She created a cauldron of toxic chemicals, including methane and hydrogen sulfide. And because this combination of chemicals and salt is so toxic, any fish, amphipods or crabs that mistakenly swim in the lake most of the time die.
But how did this lake even come about? Many scientists believe that the Gulf of Mexico was shallower millions of years ago. As the water evaporated, it left behind massive layers of salt. Over time, more and more layers of sediment settled, burying salt and creating pressure under it all. When the pressure became too great, the layers cracked, releasing massive amounts of salt into the water around them. This created the Jacuzzi of Despair.