TNPSC Thervupettagam

‘Gravity hole’ in the Indian Ocean

April 8 , 2024 40 days 276 0
  • The phenomenon referred to as the ‘gravity hole’ in the Indian Ocean, Covering roughly 1.2 million square miles.
  • This circular depression originates from the southern tip of India.
  • It is officially called the Indian Ocean geoid low and is the world’s largest gravity anomaly.
  • Scientists from the IISc Bengaluru have proposed a reliable explanation for the “gravity hole” in the Indian Ocean.
  • Plumes of magma originating from deep within the Earth, akin to those responsible for the creation of volcanoes.
  • ‘Gravity hole’ is occurred where the Earth's gravitational pull is weaker, resulting in a depression in the sea level by over 328 ft.

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