Pat Shingleton: "Black Holes in Space and the Ocean"
Black-holes in space are like sponges that absorb everything that comes within a certain distance, even light. At a given distance light isn't absorbed but envelopes the black hole. NewScientist.com reports that researchers in the South Atlantic, off the coast of Africa, identified ocean eddies that "capture and swallow nearby passively floating debris." This group of eddies are known as the Agulhas Rings; seven previously undiscovered rings that exhibit black-hole characteristics. If Malaysian Flight 370 went down in the area where investigators are searching, it is an area outside any shipping lanes, designated as one of the most remote locations on Earth. Black hole eddies in this region extend a hundred miles in diameter.