The Pacific Ocean's bald spot

A large swath of seafloor at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean lacks sediment.

By Carolyn Gramling, 00:00 AM October 13, 2006

In at least one place, the land at the bottom of the ocean is nearly naked, scientists have discovered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A swath of seafloor beneath the Pacific Ocean (outlined in orange) has little or no sediment. This area is about the size of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

A swath of seafloor beneath the Pacific Ocean (outlined in orange) has little or no sediment. This area is about the size of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

E. Roell

The rocks that form Earth's surface beneath the oceans are usually covered with a thick layer made up of sand or dirt and the skeletons of tiny ocean creatures called plankton.

 

Plankton are microscopic plants that spend thei...

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