UK Navy finds underwater 'Grand Canyon'

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 09:30 hrs

A Royal Navy survey vessel has discovered a 250m-deep canyon in the Red Sea during a nine-month mission to improve understanding of the waters east of Suez.

The 3D images were created using a multibeam echo sounder after HMS Enterprise left the Egyptian port of Safaga, the Independent reported.

Derek Rae, commanding officer of HMS Enterprise, said that the features could be the result of ancient rivers scouring through the rock strata before the Red Sea flooded millennia ago.

He asserted that some of the features could be younger and still in the process of being created by underwater currents which were driven by the winds and tidal streams as they flow through this area of the Red Sea, carving their way through the soft sediment and being diverted by harder bed rock.

He added that there could also be a possibility that the features are a combination of the two. (ANI)

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