HMS Enterprise discovers 250 meter-deep canyon under Red Sea

March 6, 2013 | Environment
The Red Sea Canyon: deep under the water of Suez

The HMS Enterprise has discovered a 250 meter-deep (820ft) canyon beneath the Red Sea.

The Royal Navy ship found and mapped the underwater Grand Canyon, beneath the waves, using state-of-the-art technology.

The discovery happede when the HMS Enterprise was sailing in a nine-month mission to improve understanding of the waters east of Suez.

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

"Some may be far younger and still in the process of being created by underwater currents 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".

"Or there is always the possibility that they are a combination of the two. It is, however, almost certain to say that this is the closest that humans will ever get to gaze upon these truly impressive sights".

The Devonport-based ship created 3D images of the canyon, which was found after the ship left the Egyptian port of Safaga.

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