13 Aug '12, 2pm

Floating island the size of New Jersey discovered in South Pacific

Floating island the size of New Jersey discovered in South Pacific

If you need some pedicure supplies, head on down to the South Pacific, because apparently they have a floating shelf of pumice stone bigger than New Jersey. You could walk around on it for days and never rub your scaly heels on the same square inch twice. The New Zealand Navy discovered the 7,500-square-mile slab of buoyant rock, which an Australian officer described as “the weirdest thing I’ve seen in 18 years at sea.” It’s likely the result of an underwater volcano belching into the ocean. Rapid cooling from the water turns the lava into lightweight, airy pumice stone. In photos and the video below, the pumice looks like streaks of foam on the water, but descriptions suggest it appears a lot more solid from sea level. Lieutenant Tim Oscar described it as looking like an ice shelf, although the pumice is much lighter and less harmful to a ship than ice: As far ahead as I ...

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