11 Aug '12, 2pm

Navy discovers 10,000-sq mile patch of floating rock in South Pacific (photos)

Navy discovers 10,000-sq mile patch of floating rock in South Pacific (photos)

August 2006 brought two new things to the Tonga Islands in the South Pacific. One was a raft of lightweight, frothy volcanic rock—pumice—floating on the ocean surface. The other was a new island emerging out of the water. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the aftermath of the eruption on August 10, 2006 (top), at 1:30 UTC. The raft of pumice appears to the northeast of the emerging island, and it actually connects, via a thin thread, to neighboring Late Island

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0810-pumice-island.html

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