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Massive ‘raft’ of volcanic rocks spotted in Pacific

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A New Zealand military officer has discovered the “weirdest thing” in the Pacific ocean. The BBC reports that a naval ship was forced to change course after large “raft” of volcanic rocks was spotted in the Pacific.

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Yeah, it's 10,000 sq miles of pumice stone from a sub sea volcano somewhere close to New Zealand. Would be quite a sight to see.

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I love the Pacific. It's always got something new to show us and it's always cool stuff. Posted Image

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Interesting. Definitly an underwater volcano, and not one at great depth. So, a seamount, and there are several in the Kermadec chain.

 

As for New Zealand... They have two volcanos currently erupting; Tongariro (sp?) and White Island. What's especiually interesting is that these volcanos boarder, to the north and south, a far larger one, Taupo. Taupo is what is oft refered to as a "supervolcano", a massive system prone to enormous erputions. The largest eruption on earth for the last 70,000 years occured there. It has produced more recent smaller blasts (it's been dormant for about a thousand years) and some of them were sizable. Lake Taupo, the enormous lake in the center of NZ's north Island, is part of its crater.

 

Do eruptions of closely neighboring volcanos sometimes trigger eruptions? That's controversial, but there are strong statistical cases that this occurs in a few volcanos, such as Katla in Icelend. So, could the current activity mean Taupo is waking up? My guess is that it's highly unlikly, but bears keeping an eye on.

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ahh a doco mentioned which is not to hard to understand ... the moons of saturn for example ... have volcanic type eruptions ... which doesn't really need magma

 

so basically the gravitation on the moon acts if one is squeezing it ... thus giving off a volcanic erruption

well it seems that Venus being closer to the sun than the earth...

at one time was very similar to ear until one day ... it had numerous volcanic eruptions

the co2 rised and the planet got hot and all water evaporate

 

can we also presume that on earth ... the gravitational forces on the plates can unleash earth quakes and volcanic eruptions etc etc

but can dec 21, 2012 the galactic alignment have any effect?

sure we have the moon ... or an object that passes between the earth and the moon ....

 

are there any other things out there that can squeeze earth's ball to erupt ...

is there any correlation to those past events with something from space?

 

has the earth always been spinning 93m miles away from the sun?

wasn't closer to the sun? much like our moon?

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in reply to the spelling, Tongariro, is the correct spelling. As in regard to the question about chain reactions, it is certainly viable, but during the last two years there has been a significant ammount of terrestrial activity, including multiple earthquakes, and other seismic events, along the major fault line that runs through both island of New Zealand. just a suggestion to go along with the storyline, maybe a stopover in New Zealand?

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isn't lake Taupa a caldera? a big island can have multiple errutions from different spots ... much like the big island of Hawaii

the magma chamber stays in one place but the crust moves each erruption is like morse code leaving a trail of island of the millions of years.

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Taupo is a caldera, and is, i say, ACTIVE, there are geothermal hot spots and areas of activity, about 10 mins off the coast of the resident town, its namesake,Taupo. whereas this is still controversial,as there are no signs of activity at the previous explosions site, but there always is the possibility of a new vent. this idea of a new vent is where the activity is based around, but according to the NZ earthquake commision, it is dormant

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