25 Amazing Underwater Discoveries That Left Us Speechless

You’re not going to believe some of the amazing underwater discoveries found in our oceans! With 71 percent of the Earth’s surface covered in water, tons of valuable artifacts are bound to get lost. This includes everything from sunken ships to entire cities. Some of these lost ancient relics can be worth billions and tell us a lot about how ancient people lived. Luckily, new technological advancements allow underwater archaeologists to discover things easier and faster. Of course, there’s no telling what they’ll find in the future but we can still look at some of the things they’ve already found. These are 25 amazing underwater discoveries that left us speechless.

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Police found two cars in an Oklahoma Lake, reopening a 40 year old case.

cars underwaterSource: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10317331/Six-bodies-found-in-Oklahoma-lake-reopening-40-year-old-cold-cases.html

Using new sonar technology, police discovered two cars in an Oklahoma Lake with six bodies inside, reopening a 40-year-old missing person case. The discovery helped bring closure to families who wondered what happened to their loved ones.


Apollo 11 engines discovered underwater

enginesSource: http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a8749/after-four-decades-undersea-apollo-11-engines-recovered-15244968/

The engines on the Saturn V rocket that launched Neil Armstrong and his crew into outer space on their Apollo 11 mission were found 14,000 feet below the ocean’s surface off the coast of Florida. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, funded the expedition.


The Discovery of the S.S. Central America

central americaSource: http://www.newsweek.com/shipwreck-ss-central-america-yields-more-gold-267637

In 1857, the S.S. Central America sailed into a hurricane and sank to the bottom of the ocean. Part of its cargo was an enormous amount of gold. Then, in 1987, archaeologists discovered the wreck and pulled up 2,900 gold coins and 45 gold ingots.


The Lost Mahabalipuram Pagodas

Submerged_Temple_at_MahabalipuramSource: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4257181.stm

In 2005, a tsunami off the coast of India revealed artifacts from an ancient city believed to be part of the Lost Mahabalipuram Pagodas. The structure and artifacts are believed to be part of a flourishing port city overtaken by flooding.


Silfra Crack

silfra crackSource: https://www.dive.is/dive-sites/silfra/

The Silfra Crack is right where the North American and Eurasian continent plates meet and are continuously separating 2 cm per year. So, if you scuba dive in the Silfra Crack, you’re literally in-between two continents. The water down there is also crystal clear due to cold temperatures and underground lava.

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