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You won’t believe bacteria created this ‘lost city’

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That's Zaknythos Island, near where the "lost city" was found. (Skinnyde/Flickr)

Turns out a "lost city" off the coast of an island in Greece was never inhabited by humans at all.

"Ruins" near Zakynthos Island include columns, pavement, disc and donut-shaped structures, pipes, and tiles. Divers thought they'd found a flooded ancient city.

However, analysis has now revealed these formations were created by microscopic bacteria in a process called concretion.

How did that happen?

Basically, bacteria fed on methane seeping up through Earth's crust and left behind these structures made out of a form of calcium. Different forms of methane release created the different shapes.

In fact, similar structures are found in many places on the ocean floor--but mostly in very deep water, not near the shore.

Oh, and these things are way too old to be a human city. Like, 5 million years old.

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You won’t believe bacteria created this ‘lost city’

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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