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WHOI Scientists Find Ancient Asphalt Domes Off California Coast
April 25, 2010
They paved paradise and, it turns out, actually did put up a parking lot. A big one. Some 700 feet deep in the waters off California's jewel of a coastal resort, Santa Barbara, sits a group of football-field-sized asphalt domes unlike any other underwater features known to exist. The deposits were discovered recently by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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