08 Aug '16, 1am

World's deepest 'blue hole' discovered in South China Sea

World's deepest 'blue hole' discovered in South China Sea

If you're a sea monster looking for a new place to call home, you probably couldn't do better than the South China Sea's aptly-named "Dragon Hole." The 426-foot-wide submerged sinkhole, located in the Paracel Islands, has just hit the record books as the world's deepest ocean blue hole. Chinese researchers, engaged in studying the geologic wonder for the last 12 months, have announced that the Dragon Hole dives a stunning 987-feet underwater. According to the Xinhua News Agency , this would surpass the current record holder, Dean's Blue Hole near the Bahamas, by more than 300 feet. Here's a snapshot of what the Dragon Hole looks like from satellite imagery on Google Maps: The Dragon Hole, at 987 feet, is the world's deepest blue hole formation. (Photo: Google Maps) The research team, in partnership with the Sansha Ship Course Research Institute for Coral Protection, found ...

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