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Scientists Discover and Image Explosive Deep-Ocean Volcano
Interesting, Weird, and Educational Videos ^ | 12/19/09 | NOAA

Posted on 12/18/2009 11:23:20 PM PST by Tom Hawks

Earlier today scientists funded by NOAA and the National Science Foundation released video of an underwater volcano eruption. This eruption is the deepest erupting volcano ever discovered and recorded. The video of this eruption is more than awesome, it is spectacular. In an area near Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, the West Mata volcano was discovered in May. The volcano lies almost 4,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

The scientists say they found a type of lava they have never seen erupting from an active volcano before. They also witnessed molten lava flowing across the deep-ocean seafloor for the first time ever. That is what the missions Chief Scientist, Joseph Resing, told reporters when he held a news conference explaining their findings. In 2004 the NOAA and it's partners discovered a much shallower eruption in an area called the Mariana Arc, but they knew that the deeper they went and the closer they got to the eruptions, that they would see the kind of eruptions that formed most of the oceanic crust.

What you will see in the video is a spectacular sequence that is close enough to the eruption that you can actually see violent magma degassing and producing bright flashes of hot magma. The Lava gets blown up into the water and then settles back to the seafloor, while the large plugs of lava flow rapidly down the slope. In the foreground you can see the front of the remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) with sampling hoses. To give you the right perspective of what you are watching, the area in view is about 6-10 feet across in an eruptive area approximately 100 yards that runs along the summit.

Now what was all that talk about Global Warming being caused by man and our creation of carbon dioxide from all the pollution we are emitting into the air? Last time I check, we cannot get close to the amount of carbon dioxide these volcanoes are putting out.


Follow this link to see the Explosive Deep-Ocean Volcano Video



TOPICS: Education; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Science
KEYWORDS: creation; globalwarming; oceans; volcano
This thing is cool.
1 posted on 12/18/2009 11:23:22 PM PST by Tom Hawks
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To: Tom Hawks

Awesome stuff.

Algore, are you still in your self-induced dream? You Idiot!

Wake up Earth!!!!


2 posted on 12/18/2009 11:29:01 PM PST by unkus
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To: Tom Hawks

Wow. Impressive.


3 posted on 12/18/2009 11:31:35 PM PST by BuckyKat
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To: Tom Hawks

This activity is obviously caused by global warming.


4 posted on 12/19/2009 2:10:58 AM PST by Zack Attack
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To: Tom Hawks
Gotta think ahead here. Since NOAA and NSF discovered this, when it becomes an island in a couple of hundred thousand years, it is ours. Ours, ours, ours, ours, ours. Can't let those #@!* Fiji and Tonga imperialists snatch it away.

Matter of fact, we should probably proclaim an exclusive economic zone around it right now.

5 posted on 12/19/2009 3:17:23 AM PST by sphinx
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To: Tom Hawks

And they said the acid in the ocean was coming from the air we exhale.

What a crock.


6 posted on 12/19/2009 3:23:53 AM PST by dila813
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