Chinese researchers have claimed that the world’s deepest underwater sinkhole — going down 300 meters below sea level — has been discovered in the highly disputed waters of the South China Sea.
A state media broadcast happily announced to the world earlier this week that there was a new “world’s deepest hole” — the “Dragon Hole” — surpassing Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, which plunges down a mere 202 meters below sea level.
The hole is located in one of the more geopolitically unstable areas in the world, with surrounding countries such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, and, of course, China duking it out for control. China has gone through lots of trouble, building islands, moving missiles and filming videos to assert its claim, and finally we learn why, to claim yet another world record!
More specifically, the hole is located around the Paracel Islands, which have been the subject of ownership disputes between Vietnam, China and Taiwan in the recent past. For its part, China has grand tourism plans for the Paracels, which will presumably only be boosted now that the world’s deepest hole has been discovered there.
Scientists are also excited about diving down into the hole to see what types of marine life live there. Perhaps, the clever ones trying to avoid hungry snorkeling Chinese tourists.
Watch a news report on the historic discovery below:
By Robin Winship
[Images via Xinhua]