There is a 900-foot hole in the ocean that lies off Mexico’s Eastern coast. The top of it is a near-exact circle and spans an area of about 150,000 sq feet. Just the area alone is about three times the size of the mansion that Michael Jordan has been striving (and failing) to sell off for a decade now.
The hole is new to us, but it is not exactly new.
Two years back, a local fisherman by the name of Jesus Artemio Poot Villa had helped the scientists associated with a research centre based in Mexico to discover this spot.
Now the scientists have also published a study on it in the journal named Frontiers in Marine Science.
It is called Taam ja’, which indicates “deep water” in Mayan. The hole has been observed in the Chetumal Bay, most of which is approximately 6–16 feet deep.
Taam ja’ happens to be the second-deepest hole we are so far aware of. The deepest blue hole is the Sansha Yongle Blue Hole, which is close to China. The Caribbean also has a bunch of these, but none are so deep.
And 900 feet is quite deep!
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Scientists are excited to explore it further, which according to them, could help better understand the climate of the Earth a thousand years ago. Deep diving into climate history can help better predict how climate crises might affect us and the whole planet.
There is also a lot of life in these. When it declared plans to explore a blue hole near Florida, NOAA mentioned that blue holes are diverse biological communities comprising marine life, including sea turtles, corals, sponges, molluscs, sharks, and so on. So, scuba trips to Taam Ja’ are on the cards.
Reference: Yahoo, Business Insider