Scientists are unlocking the secrets of world’s newest mysterious island.
NASA scientists have visited a rare new island.
How interested it is to travel in a boat finding the secrets related to another little island in the world? Your feelings may compact with bravery, fear and curiosity. Yes, it may be a risk. But, the scientists have done it. How? When? It’s a great voyage. As I first heard it, I was in a hurry for details. I was really surprised by the images of the mysterious island. We will find how it looks like. where is this newly formed island situated?
As you already know, Earth’s crust is formed with tectonic plates. They affect for creating enormous and marvelous creations of the world like broad valleys, high mountains etc. What do you know about volcanic islands? The volcanic activities on the seabed form volcanic islands. Can you tell me five volcanic islands on earth? Whatever your answer, the story I am going to discuss with you is about another little, young island.
The scientists have monitored a newly erupted volcanic island in the kingdom of Tonga. It is emerging between two another existing islands. It is really a tiny island. It is about 1.5km wide (North- South) and 2km long (West- East). That’s not enough. It consists of a 120m summit.
You may in a hurry to know the name of this unbelievable place. It is sprung into existence in Tonga, in the South — Pacific. Unofficially, it is called as “Hunga Tonga- Hunga Ha’apai” (HTHH). It became visible to satellites in 2015 after 2014 eruption. When the smoke cleared, the Tonga island was visible.
Who stepped on it?
These types of studies are difficult to handle because it is so hard to access to the remote locations. They also tend to erode quickly. Scientists have been collecting details on it for years. Dan Slayback, a scientist at NASA, has focused on using remote sensing data watching the eruption and at last, they decided to step on it. You may wonder about it. This expedition to Tonga island by boat gave the research team a rare chance to see this mysterious island with their eyes.
“We were all like giddy school children” said by Dan Slayback. The scientists have been pretty interested in observing this unbelievable landscape
“It really surprised me how valuable it was to be there in person for some of this”. The scientist, Slayback comments.
It is not over. Do you know? The most important issue related to the voyage is, it didn’t quite match with what they had expected based on the satellite images and details. It seems different from what they have predicted so far. “Immediately, I kind of noticed it wasn’t quite as flat as it seems from satellite.”
It’s amazing….“Tonga is teeming with life”
Can you just imagine it? The tiny island that we have discussed is teeming with life. The It is really amazing to know that; Tonga island has quickly embraced the life. It has patches of vegetation growing on this landscape. The scientists suspected that they have been seeded by the birds.
“Most of it is this black gravel. I won’t call it sand-pea sized gravel and we are mostly wearing sandals, so it’s pretty painful because it gets under your foot.”
But, the island is under threat. This island is eroding mostly by the rainfall. “The island is eroding by rainfall much more quickly than I imagined. Slayback said. How long the island will exist? NASA announces that Tonga island’s life expectancy is between 6–30 years. It could survive up to 30 years.
That’s the story I wanted to share with you. I think it will be so interesting to know about the things hat we have never heard. It may please your mind and it pushes you for more investigations related to such mysterious things in the world.
“As I jumped out onto the pebble like black sand beach, I questioned how I would later describe this to the others” one of the researchers has shared his views on the voyage that they had.