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Can hobbits swim? 'Mordor under the sea' found off Australia

Eruonen
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Jan 22, 4:21pm

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http://www.foxnews.com/...d-off-australia.html

Can hobbits swim? 'Mordor under the sea' found off Australia
By Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer | LiveScience


Darkstone
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Jan 22, 4:35pm

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He had some wings that weren't there.
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Eruonen
Valinor


Jan 22, 4:54pm

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Only the Brandybucks and Stoors..... [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Otaku-sempai
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Jan 22, 8:28pm

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Well, Primula Brandybuck could not swim well enough to save her and her husband from being drownded! 'Course, some as say that she pushed him over the side of the boat an' he pulled 'er in after.

In any case, I have a hard time seeing Frodo seeking Mount Doom in a deep-sea diving suit.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


squire
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Jan 22, 11:09pm

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The article is very unclear just what made one of the researchers think of Mordor when preparing the press release. Something about the 3-D imagery being reminiscent of "illustrations" of Mordor; something about jagged peaks, etc.

Needless to say, after that headline, there's absolutely no connection with Tolkien at all. The pictures don't even look like Mordor's distinctive "walled" geography to me, at least. Enjoy the abstract:

Submarine lava flows are the most common surficial igneous rock on the Earth. However, they are inherently more difficult to study than their subaerial counterparts due to their inaccessibility. In this study, we use newly acquired 3-D (three-dimensional) seismic reflection data to document the distribution and morphology of 26 ancient, buried lava flows within the middle Eocene-aged Bight Basin Igneous Complex, offshore southern Australia. Many of these lava flows are associated with volcanoes that vary from 60 to 625 m in height and 0.3 to 10 km in diameter. Well data and seismic-stratigraphic relationships suggest that the lava flows and volcanoes were emplaced offshore in water depths of <300 m. The lava flows range from 0.5 to 34 km in length and 1 to 15 km in width and are typified by tabular and dendritic forms. This morphological variation may result from differing lava effusion rates and/or the volumes of lava erupted. We demonstrate that: (1) the dendritic flows contain complex lava distribution systems and kipukas, features never-before observed from seismic data; and (2) the distribution and morphology of the lava flows was strongly controlled by the emplacement of magmatic intrusion-induced forced folds. This suggests that magmatic intrusions may play an important role in controlling the distribution of lava flows elsewhere. Our study highlights the usefulness of seismic data in studying the manifestation of submarine volcanism, and provides quantitative data on the extent and distribution of an ancient submarine volcanic province along the southern Australian margin.



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Eruonen
Valinor


Jan 22, 11:25pm

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Yes, it is just a way to grab attention and it worked. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Bracegirdle
Valinor


Jan 23, 12:27am

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Of course! [In reply to] Can't Post

With those tootsies the annual Hobbiton/Bywater Bywater Pool Water Polo Tourney brought crowds from as far away as Bree-land.

. . . the rule of no realm is mine . . .
But all worthy things that are in peril . . . those are my care.
For I also am a steward. Did you not know?'

Gandalf to Denethor




Eruonen
Valinor


Jan 23, 1:20am

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Those feet are natural flippers! [In reply to] Can't Post

I think of Sam sinking like a stone though....too many pots and pans in his kit.

 
 

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