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Large Pumice Raft Found Floating In The South Pacific
2012-08-14 12:23:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sailors aboard the New Zealand Royal Navy vessel HMNZS Canterbury spotted something odd floating in the ocean a few days ago - a bounty of beauty supplies bobbing in the South Pacific. Pumice is typically used in salons to exfoliate dead skin and the lightweight volcanic rock can often be seen floating in the ocean in large groupings. However, it is rarely seen covering a swath of ocean roughly the size of New Hampshire, a sight one...

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
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.