Underwater lake dubbed the 'Jacuzzi of Despair' found in Gulf of Mexico

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Scientists say the study of a rather volatile lake on the floor in the Gulf of Mexico, dubbed the 'Jacuzzi of Despair' due to the number of aquatic lives it has claimed, could inform searches for life on other planets, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

The body of water was located not long ago and explored via an underwater vehicle.

That research has been published in 'Oceanography.'

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These spectacular pools are four times more saline than surrounding water--and found 3,300 feet underwater:… https://t.co/jwrIUDSwjP
Mussel samples from around the brine pools in the Gulf of Mexico can help scientists understand the relationship between them, the brine, and the bacteria living inside of them. #nautiluslive #deepsea #samples #science #STEM
Top of a mountain range? Or deep at the bottom of the ocean? These brine pools in the Gulf of Mexico had steep slopes that lead to a pool of water 3 - 5 times saltier than normal sea water! #weird #science #deepsea #underwater #gulfofMexico #nautiluslive
Did you know that there are lakes underwater? Yes. Brine pools, or areas on the sea floor that are more dense because of a higher quantity of salt, form these "lakes" that don't mix with the rest of the sea water. #nautiluslive #deepsea #weird #science
Sampling can be done in all kinds of forms, like using ROV Hercules to basically "fish" using a spool of tubing to dunk a water and chemical sampler into the brine pools. #nautiluslive #science #deepsea #sealife #robots
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Treehugger reports, "The walls that surround it hold in a toxic mix of dense extra-salty brine tinged with methane gas and hydrogen sulfide..."

The publication further notes, "The pool was formed when seawater seeped into fissures on the ocean floor and mixed with subsurface salt, and was then forced back up from methane gas bubbling up from beneath."

Due to its density, the liquid remains separate and low lying.

While most creatures that venture near or in the body perish, some have shown great adaptive abilities.

Said Erik Cordes , one of the researchers, "There's a lot of people looking at these extreme habitats on Earth as models for what we might discover when we go to other planets."

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