Almost everyone in Russia and the United States is familiar with the story of how Alaska was sold to the Americans for next to nothing. Considerably fewer people have heard about the Russian colony in California. And only historians seem to know that mere chance prevented the future 50th state of the US from becoming a part of the Russian Empire 205 years ago.
A video uploaded on Youtube of footage captured by the Nautilus exploration vessel shows a patch of cobblestone pavement at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean close to Hawaii.
"This iron-rich material is a remnant of ancient rocks from Earth's early history or even that iron might be leaking from the core by an unknown means," was one of the comments made by the project leader. This has led to scientists studying a massive underground structure hidden deep beneath Hawaii.