Vast deep-sea canyon mapped off the edge of Kerry coast

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A vast deep-sea canyon has been mapped off the edge of the Kerry coast.

The submarine canyon which is 3,000 metres deep has been mapped some 320 kilometres west of Dingle.

A team of UCC led scientists aboard the State research ship RV Celtic Explorer have mapped the canyon during a research expedition.

Ten Eiffel Towers could be stacked within the canyon which has near-vertical 700m deep cliffs in places according to today’s Irish Examiner.

Such canyons are rapid routes for pumping CO2 deep into the ocean where it is safely stored away.