Ancient ‘Eye of Sauron’ is discovered: Scientists uncover an underwater volcano off the coast of Australia that resembles the famous Lord of the Rings symbol


  • The volcano was spotted by experts mapping the ocean floor of the Indian Ocean
  • It is located approximately 174 miles southeast of Christmas Island at a depth of 10,171 feet.
  • Like the imaginary dark lord’s bald eye, it is oval-shaped with a central ‘pupil’.
  • There are two features in the south that the team has dubbed Barad-Dor and Ered Lithuak.
  • This is a reference to the Dark Fortress and the Mountains of Ashes in the works of JRR Tolkien.
  • Geologists believe the three features formed over 100 million years ago

An underwater volcano that looks like the ‘Eye of Sauron’ – the fiery manifestation of the evil dark lord from the Lord of the Rings movies – has been found off the coast of Australia.

Researchers from the Australian research agency CSIRO mapped the feature using underwater sonar during a voyage exploring the country’s Indian Ocean regions.

On the research vessel Investigator, the team detected the eye-like appearance at a depth of 10,171 feet above sea level, about 174 miles southeast of Christmas Island.

Scans revealed the volcano as an oval-shaped depression 3.9 by 3 miles across, a pupil with 984-foot-high rim-like eyelids and a similarly sized central peak.

To the south of the ‘eye’, the team also found an oceanic mountain covered with volcanic cones and, beyond that, a large, flat-topped seamount covered with pumice.

In keeping with their subject, they have dubbed them Barad-dor (“Dark Fortress” shadowed by Sauron’s eyes in the film trilogy) and Ered Lithui (“Ash Mountains”).

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was published by writer JRR Tolkien between 1954–55 and adapted into films by director Peter Jackson in the early 2000s.

A volcano that resembles the ‘Eye of Sauron’ – the fiery manifestation of the Dark Lord from the Lord of the Rings movies – has been found off the coast of Australia. The scans showed the volcano as an oval-shaped depression 3.9 by 3 miles across, with a 984-foot-high rim-like eyelid and a similarly sized central peak-like pupil.

Researchers from the Australian research agency CSIRO mapped the feature using underwater sonar during a voyage exploring the country's Indian Ocean regions.  Image: The Eye of Sauron as depicted in the Peter Jackson film trilogy, over Bard-Duro

Researchers from the Australian research agency CSIRO mapped the feature using underwater sonar during a voyage exploring the country’s Indian Ocean regions. Image: The Eye of Sauron as depicted in the Peter Jackson film trilogy, over Bard-Duro

Seamount member Tim O’Hara wrote, ‘The Eye of Sauron, Barad-Dor, and Ered Lithui are part of the Karma group of seamounts, which were previously estimated by geologists to be over 100 million years old. . chit chat.

These, said the Museum Victoria marine biologist, ‘formed next to an ancient oceanic ridge from a time when Australia was located much further south near Antarctica.’

‘Ereed Lithui’s flat summit was formed by wave erosion when the seamount protruded above the ocean surface, before the heavier seamount slowly eroded back down into the softer ocean floor.’

At present, he explained, the summit of ‘Ared Lithui’ is now about 1.6 miles below the surface of the Indian Ocean.

The volcano ‘eye’, Dr O’Hara explains, represents a geological puzzle – because its caldera (volcanic crater) ‘looks surprisingly fresh for a structure that must be more than 100 million years old.’

In contrast, he said, the summit of Ered Lithui is wrapped in layers of mud and sand about 300 feet, made up of the remains of dead sea creatures that sank to the ocean floor over the course of millions of years.

This same rate of sediment accumulation may have partially disturbed the caldera, notes Dr. O’Hara, “instead it is possible that volcanoes continue to sprout or new ones form long after the original foundation. Our restless Earth has never stagnated.” Would not have.’

Despite this geological activity, the team found that Ered Lithui – unlike its inaccessible fictional counterpart – is full of life.

The mission observed brittle-stars, sea-stars, crabs and insects roaming around the sandy surface, while barnacles, corals, sea-whips and sponges can be found soaring atop the exposed reefs and hunting cusk-eel and baitfish. keep an eye out for.

On the research vessel Investigator, the team detected the eye-like appearance at a depth of 10,171 feet above sea level, about 174 miles southeast of Christmas Island.

On the research vessel Investigator, the team detected the eye-like appearance at a depth of 10,171 feet above sea level, about 174 miles southeast of Christmas Island.

The first part of the trip - the leg to the Christmas Island area - is almost complete, Dr. O'Hara explained.  The team will take the second phase within the next few years, moving west of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.  Image: Sonar Track of the Journey

The first part of the trip – the leg to the Christmas Island area – is almost complete, Dr. O’Hara explained. The team will take the second phase within the next few years, moving west of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Image: Sonar Track of the Journey

The RV investigator’s mission in the Indian Ocean aims to map the ocean floor as well as survey the creatures living in these secluded depths – many of which will be new to science, it is expected.

O’Hara wrote, ‘The Australian government recently announced plans to build two large marine parks across the region.

“Our campaign will supply scientific data that will help Park Australia manage these areas in the future,” he said.

The first part of the trip – the leg to the Christmas Island area – is almost complete, Dr. O’Hara explained. The team will take the second phase within the next few years, moving west of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Despite its potential geological activity, the team found that Ered Lithui – unlike its hypothetical counterpart – is full of life.  Pictured: A baitfish, one of the inhabitants of Ired Lithui

Despite its potential geological activity, the team found that Ered Lithui – unlike its hypothetical counterpart – is full of life. Pictured: A baitfish, one of the inhabitants of Ired Lithui

The mission observed brittle-stars, sea-stars (pictured), crabs and worms moving around the sandy surface, while barnacles, corals, sea-whips and sponges can be found growing atop exposed reefs and cusk-eels And the batfish keep an eye out.  hunt for

The mission observed brittle-stars, sea-stars (pictured), crabs and worms moving around the sandy surface, while barnacles, corals, sea-whips and sponges can be found growing atop exposed reefs and cusk-eels And the batfish keep an eye out. hunt for

interpretation of sonar

Military equipment and animals using sonar are simply using an echo.

When an animal or machine makes noise, it sends sound waves to its surroundings.

Those waves bounce off nearby objects, and some of them are reflected back to the object that made the noise.

This is what is reflected …

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