According to researchers, under the Atlantic, a huge freshwater reservoir has been discovered, which extends from Massachusetts to New Jersey.
The rare find was reported by Columbia University experts last week after a multi-year underwater study.
"We knew there was fresh water down there in places, but we did not know the scale or the geometry," said lead researcher Chloe Gustafson, Ph.D. Candidate at the Colombian Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
"It could turn out to be an important resource in other parts of the world," she said in a statement underwater "aquifer" – extending about 80 km to the edge of the continental shelf.
"If found on the surface, it would form a lake of 24,000 square kilometers," her team wrote in his report. "The study suggests that such aquifers are likely to be located off many other shores in the world, providing much-needed water to arid areas that are now threatened with leakage."
According to researchers, there were first signs of an underwater reservoir in the northeast in the 1
" About 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, toward the end of the last glacial age, much of the world's water was trapped in miles of ice. In North America, it stretched across present day northern New Jersey, Long Island and the New England coast. "
" The sea level was much lower, exposing much of today's US underwater shelf. As the ice melted, sediments formed huge river deltas on the shelf, and fresh water was trapped there in scattered pockets. Later, the sea level rose. "
In order to use the water one day for the consumption, the scientists would have to desalt it.
Author and geophysicist Kerry Key. "But if we can show that in other regions there are large aquifers that may be a resource."