In 2004 and 2005, a submarine volcano, 550 meters below the ocean’s surface threw out plumes of sulfur-rich fluid and pulses of volcanic ash. The volcano is located near the Mariana Islands, northwest of Guam.
Findings from the first observations of the submarine volcano’s eruption have been presented by an international team of scientists. During their three separate visits, over a period of more than two years, the researchers found eruptive activity at the site. They explain that compared to other undersea volcanoes located on the mid-ocean ridge, deep-sea volcanoes of these types erupt chronically for longer periods.
The eruptive activity at Northwest Rota-1 — a volcano — was explosive. It provided some of the closest observations ever of a volcano. The journal Nature will be publishing all these findings on this Thursday.
Via: Science Daily