Mud, vegetation on new Pacific island baffle scientists

The island erupted from the rim of an underwater caldera in early 2015, and remains unnamed, but is sometimes referred to as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai ‘ the names of its neighbouring, established islands.

Vegetation was discovered beginning to take root ‘ with the seeds likely deposited by birds flying overhead ‘ and a barn owl has begun to make its home on the young island, as well as hundreds of nesting sooty terns.

A light-coloured, sticky, clay-like mud continues to ‘baffle’ Slayback and his team, as to exactly what it is, what it is made of and where it is coming from.

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  • Publisher: the Guardian
  • Date: 2019-02-05T01:51:19.000Z
  • Author: Eleanor Ainge Roy
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New Volcanic Island Near Tonga Has Mysterious Mud That’s Puzzling NASA Scientists

NASA scientists have, for the first time, set foot in one of the newest islands on the planet to explore and study. However, instead of answers, they seem to have uncovered a mystery.

Upon arrival at the volcanic islands in the South Pacific within the nation of Tonga in October, the team was welcomed with light-colored mud and they do not know where it is coming from.

“And then there’s clay washing out of the cone,” said‘Dan Slayback of the Goddard Space Flight Center. “In the satellite images, you see this light-colored material. It’s mud, this light-colored clay mud. It’s very sticky. So even though we’d seen it we didn’t really know what it was, and I’m still a little baffled of where it’s coming from. Because it’s not ash.”

  • Publisher: Tech Times
  • Date: 2019-02-05T08:42:39-05:00
  • Author: Diane Samson
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NASA scientists visit new island covered in mysterious ‘sticky’ mud

Scientists landed on the three-year-old land mass to find unusual sticky mud and plenty of vegetation growing on it.

NASA scientists are baffled at the unusual sticky substance covering the world’s newest island after making their first visit.

It has been studied and mapped for years using satellite’technology, but no one from NASA had stepped foot on it before.

The South Pacific island is one of three new islands to form in the last 150 years and survive’the rigours of the ocean for more than a few months.

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Scientists have kept a close eye on the island, which could provide an insight into how new islands form and evolve on earth and how volcanic landscapes interact with water on Mars.

Mysterious island that formed in the Pacific Ocean is here to stay

A mysterious island that formed four years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean‘appears to be here to stay, according’to’NASA‘scientists.

The island, which formed between December 2014 and January 2015, was caused by a volcanic eruption near the nation of Tonga, in between two older islands known as Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai. The new island is one of only three that has erupted in the last 150 years and “survived the ocean’s eroding waves longer than a few months,” NASA said in a blog post.

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Mud and vegetation on new island baffle scientists

Scientists who visited one of the world’s newest and most unique islands last year discovered a mysterious, sticky mud, said NASA.

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Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai (Hunga Tonga) is located in the South Pacific near Tonga. It came into being after a volcanic eruption in late December 2014 connected two older islands. NASA says it is the first island of its kind formed since’

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