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asked in category: General Last Updated: 23rd January, 2020

Are brine pools dangerous to humans?

Formed when ancient salt deposits leach into the ocean, brine pools are so dense it is difficult to penetrate their surface—and their high salinity, often combined with heavy concentrations of hydrogen sulfide and methane gases, makes them lethal to most creatures that try.

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Beside this, is brine toxic to humans?

The brine often contains high concentrations of methane, providing energy to chemosynthetic animals that live near the pool. Deep-sea and Antarctic brine pools can be toxic to marine animals.

Also, what lives in brine pools? The shores of these methane-laced brine pools are often lined with mussels that survive, thanks to a symbiotic relationship with chemosynthetic bacteria that utilize the methane and turns into a usable carbon sugar. The sediment surrounding the mussel bed is also often covered with bacterial mats.

People also ask, can bacteria live in brine?

Although bacteria and archaea that can breathe methane – often present in abundance in brine -- can live in it, large animals cannot survive. Brine pools are not unique to the Gulf of Mexico.

What is brine pool of death?

The fluid contains almost no oxygen and plenty of toxic chemicals, such as hydrogen sulfide and methane, that almost instantly kill fish and other sea life that come into contact with it. The brine, four times saltier than regular ocean water, preserves the unfortunate critters.

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