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Australia's Great Barrier Reef Gets A Little Help From Volcanic Eruptions
2012-07-20 06:50:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Have you ever wondered how the Great Barrier Reef came to be? Research conducted by Queensland University of Technology geologist Dr Scott Bryan indicates that volcanic activity in the Southwest Pacific could help to save the Great Barrier Reef, but it could also be what caused it to form in the first place. Dr Bryan and colleagues studied the westward flow or rafting of pumice after volcanic eruptions in Tonga in 2001 and...

2006-11-10 06:00:28

By Ray Lilley WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A new volcanic island has emerged from the ocean near Tonga in recent weeks, according to eyewitness reports from two vessels that traveled through what one called a vast field of floating pumice stone spewed by the same eruption. The crew of the Maiken, a yacht that sailed out of the northern Tongan islands group of Vava'u in August, reported on their Web log on Aug. 12, that they saw streaks of stone floating in the water before "we sailed into...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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