NASA Discovers a Newborn Island

NASA Discovers a Newborn Island
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Even nowadays, new islands are being born in the vastness of oceans. One good example is the island spotted recently by NASA’s Earth Observatory in the Pacific Ocean. An aquatic volcano from the Home Reef is what led to the emergence of the island due to eruptions, as BGR reveals.

The new island was born just a few hours after the volcano repeatedly unleashed lava, ash, and smoke two weeks ago. There’s not much to worry about when it comes to the volcano, either. The Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) mounted on Landsat 9 is what snapped a photo of the new island.

Source: NASA Earth Observatory / Lauren Dauphin
Source: NASA Earth Observatory / Lauren Dauphin

Here’s what the Tonga Geological Service said, according to the official website of NASA’s Earth Observatory:

The volcano poses low risks to the aviation community and the residents of Vava‘u and Ha‘apai,

All mariners are, however, advised to sail beyond 4 kilometers away from Home Reef until further notice.

If you’ve already been making a plan for a trip to the newborn planet, we hate to disappoint you, but you should cancel it. That’s because most of the islands emerging as a result of submarine volcanoes won’t last too long, and the island in question is no exception.

The Pacific Ocean is teeming with islands, and there’s no wonder why since we’re talking about the largest ocean on Earth: it covers an area of over 165 million square kilometers. The ocean is even bigger than all of the Earth’s continents combined. The most important islands in the Pacific are Tahiti, Eastern Island, Bora Bora, Sakhalin, and more. The ocean is home to about 30,000 islands that are divided between Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia regions.

The deepest spot on Earth can also be found in the Pacific Ocean: the Challenger Deep, which is located at the southern end of the Mariana Trench. The place has a depth of about 11 kilometers.

 


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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