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Saudi Arabia launches advanced research into the unique marine environment of the Red Sea

Saudi Arabia’s National Center for Wildlife has discovered 20 extremely deep underwater sinkholes in the Red Sea, also known as ‘blue holes’. This was reported by
Arabic news.


Mohammed QurbanCEO of the National Center for Wildlife, said the discovery of the blue holes was an important milestone in the kingdom’s exploration of marine ecosystems.

According to the expert, researchers are using advanced diving techniques, remote sensing technologies, remotely operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles to study the geology, hydrology, biology and chemistry of blue holes to unravel the mysteries of these unique ecosystems.

As a result of this latest expedition, researchers believe they have managed to establish the existence of two types of blue holes: blue rings and submerged lagoons.

The source claims that the National Center for Wildlife is planning a follow-up mission to map and explore numerous blue holes that were previously unexplored.

Some of the toughest and least studied organisms thrive in the depths of blue holes, which are also of interest to scientists. In this regard, the National Center for Wildlife is conducting targeted conservation efforts aimed at protecting blue holes.

These efforts include establishing marine protected areas, regulating diving and fishing, and conducting scientific research to better understand the ecosystem.


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