The Jacuzzi Of Despair Is A Deadly Lake Within The Gulf Of Mexico

The Jacuzzi Of Despair Is A Deadly Lake Within The Gulf Of Mexico

A jacuzzi is the picture of warm, bubbling, soothing relaxation. It's a luxury. But tweak the scene to make those steamy bubbles full of methane and that hot, clear water a thick, briney stew and you have yourself the "jacuzzi of despair." This underwater brine pool in the Gulf of Mexico is no vacation spot—it's a toxic pocket of seawater that will certainly kill anything that swims into it. Hopefully we didn't just ruin jacuzzis for you...

Scientists discovered this lethal hellscape on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico about a day's boat ride from the coast of New Orleans, Seeker reported in May 2016. The "jacuzzi" measures about 100 feet (30 meters) in circumference, reaches about 12 feet (4 meters) deep, and lies nearly 3,300 feet (1,000 meters) below the surface. The water here could hardly be called that—this underwater environment is five times saltier than the surrounding seawater, and it's so dense that it doesn't mix into the rest of the water. The salt density sitting on the seafloor has created something of a toxic cauldron of chemicals, including methane gas and hydrogen sulfide. If it hasn't been made clear yet, anything that swims into the jacuzzi of despair (mainly crabs, amphipods, and the occasional unlucky fish) will certainly die. Take a look at this eerie, deadly brine pool in the video below.

Welcome To The "Jacuzzi Of Despair"

Anything that enters this brine pool will certainly die.

The Formation Of A Brine Pool

How do these toxic pools happen?

The Door To Hell

This undeniably deadly place has nothing to do with water, but it's a lethal pool all the same.

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from SciShow

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    The Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan is nicknamed the "Door to Hell" because it has been burning since 1971. (0:14)

  • 2

    The Door to Hell is a burning sinkhole of natural gas that measures more then 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep. (1:07)

  • 3

    Methane is a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. (1:43)

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