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A strange sound picked up in the remotest point of the Earth in 1997: scientists have been searching for an explanation ever since

Anna OnishchenkoLife
A strange sound heard in the most remote point of the Earth

The ocean is a mysterious and enigmatic part of our planet. Its depths hide many secrets that scientists have been trying to unravel for years.

One of these mysteries is a strange sound that was recorded at the most remote point on the planet - Nemo Point. IFLscience told about it and the reaction of scientists to this strange phenomenon.

Point Nemo is a conventional place in the Pacific Ocean, which is considered the farthest from any land on the planet. It is located at a distance of 2689 kilometers from the Earth.

A strange sound picked up in the remotest point of the Earth in 1997: scientists have been searching for an explanation ever since

For comparison, when the International Space Station flies over your head, the astronauts are only 400 kilometers away.

It was at Nemo Point in 1997 that the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration detected a strange ultra-low frequency sound. It was one of the loudest sound ever recorded underwater.

Hydrophones picked up the sound at a distance of 4,800 kilometers. Some scientists have speculated that it could have been caused by a marine animal, but no creature known to mankind can roar that loudly. Therefore, one of the most popular versions was that it could have been a giant squid or other unknown sea monster.

A strange sound picked up in the remotest point of the Earth in 1997: scientists have been searching for an explanation ever since

This is not the only speculation, however. Oceanographer Chris Fox noted that such a loud sound could be caused by large icebergs as they crack and break. "Ice always comes from the south. We suspect that this is ice off the coast of Antarctica, in which case it is so loud," the scientist said.

Icequakes have sufficient amplitude to be detected by several sensors at a distance of more than 5000 kilometers. Thus, so far there is no objective evidence that unknown giant kraken live in the most remote point of the planet.

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