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Scientists found ‘lost’ volcanic world underwater

Researchers in Australia say they have discovered a “lost world” of volcanoes off the coast of Tasmania.

Scientists with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization said the underwater mountains, or seamounts, were found during seafloor mapping by a research vessel.

The seamounts reach as high as 3,000 meters from the sea floor, scientists said.

“The seamounts vary in size and shape, with some having sharp peaks while others have wide flat plateaus, dotted with small conical hills that would have been formed by ancient volcanic activity,” said Tara Martin, a member of CSIRO’s mapping team, in a statement.

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