Supervolcano Megabeds

News Excerpt:

At the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, scientists have found "megabeds" from ancient volcanic eruptions.

About Megabeds:

  • It refers to deposits of substances formed in marine basins due to events of catastrophic nature, such as volcanic eruptions.

  • The researchers found these beds while probing the deposits at the bottom of the Tyrrhenian Sea, close to a large underwater volcano. 
    • The Tyrrhenian Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy.
  • According to the study, the oldest layer was around 40,000 years old, the next oldest was 32,000 years old, and the third was 18,000 years old
    • The youngest sediment core was formed about 8,000 years ago.
  • The region where the beds are formed is extremely active volcanically and includes the Campi Flegrei supervolcano, which has been active recently.