Imagine yourself sailing through the ocean. Out of nowhere, the water’s color changed. How will you react to it? Would you feel excited or would you be scared and back out?
The crew of a small boat, the Maiken, is sailing through the South Pacific when they chanced upon an unusual shadow forming in the waters.
They thought that the shadow that they saw was a sandbar but it turns out to be something entirely different. It was, in fact, a wide layer of pumice stone floating in the water. Out of curiosity, the crew decided to push through despite being not exactly sure of what they are seeing. As they sailed on this thin layer of pumice, they noticed that they are leaving a trail behind them.
They decided to speed up and leave the spot as fast as possible. After gaining a safe distance, they heard a loud rumbling. They then saw the water bubbling, revealing an underwater volcano, which was the source of the pumice.
They watched as massive fumes of smoke filled the air. When it cleared out, they noticed something strange forming at the surface of the water. Stunned, the crews couldn’t believe what they are seeing – the actual birth of an island.
It was one of the rarest events imaginable, but geographers explained that the group might be passing through a hotspot. Hotspots are regions, often on the ocean floor, with lots of volcanic activity. It is said that hotspots bring several new volcanic islands into existence each year, including all of the islands surrounding Hawaii.
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