The 'yellow brick road' to Atlantis?

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The 'yellow brick road' to Atlantis? Deep-sea researchers spot incredible rock formation while exploring the Pacific Ocean floor near Hawaii​

It may look similar to the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz, or perhaps a hidden path to the mythical lost city of Atlantis.

But deep-sea researchers who spotted the incredible rock formation say it is actually an example of ancient active volcanic geology on the ocean floor near Hawaii.

The strange-looking feature, which resembles a road paved in cobblestones, was located in the Liliʻuokalani Ridge in the Papahānaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the Pacific Ocean.

PMNM is one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world – bigger than all the national parks in the US combined – and researchers have only explored about three per cent of its sea floor.

The crew of Exploration Vessel Nautilus research ship caught sight of the formation and described it as a 'yellow brick road' and 'the road to Atlantis' in a video of the discovery.

'It's the road to Atlantis,' a researcher on the radio can be heard saying.

'The yellow brick road?' another adds, while a separate member team member calls it 'bizarre' and 'crazy'.

The team said: 'What may look like a "yellow brick road" to the mythical city of Atlantis is really an example of ancient active volcanic geology!

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The islands of Hawaii are actually constantly created and destroyed because the ocean floor is moving relative to the lava pressure creating new islands. So this might actually be from a sunken island of Polynesia thousands of years ago.