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Recipe For An Island

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, December 20, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography, environment

How do you build an island?

Here's the recipe: take a string of islands straddling continental plates (the ring of fire is a good place or on a hot spot like the Hawaiian Islands); let the plates move and grind away; add some molten rock inside an underground chamber; and vent the lava upwards using a tube or crack; and voila, you have a new island forming.

This is the landscaping building process that has been happening near Japan recently.

According to NASA: he new island, named Niijima, rose up out of the sea during a volcanic eruption recently about next to Nishino-shima, another volcanic island. The two islands are located at approximately 600 miles from Tokyo and 80 miles from the nearest inhabited island.

Niijima Island, Japan (credit: NASA)

Many small islands can be ephemeral and erased by ocean wave action. Niijima seems to be still growing and may survive and possible attach itself to its larger nearby neighbor.

I wouldn't recommend being to close the the "kitchen" in this process.


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