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Huge underwater volcano found off Indonesia

 
Researchers stumble across two-mile-high volcano
 
 
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12 Jul 10 - Scientists have discovered a huge underwater volcano off the coast of Indonesia. Though the volcano towers 3,000 meters (almost two miles) above the ocean floor, it remains far below the water's surface.

The volcano was discovered by a group of US and Indonesian researchers exploring marine ecosystems off Sulawesi island.

"This is a huge undersea volcano, taller than all but three or four mountains in Indonesia," said microbiologist Jim Holden, the chief US scientist for the first leg of the joint expedition.

The researchers have mapped 2,400-sq.-miles (6,200 sq.-km) of sea floor since setting off last month, an area equal to the size of the U.S. state of Delaware, according to a news release from the American embassy in Jakarta.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/12/huge-volcano-discovered-underwater-indonesia
Thanks to Larry Cook and
Mike Wurm for this link

     Delaware is the second smallest state in the United States. "If they can
     find a previously unknown volcano in an area that small," says Larry,
    "imagine how many they could find once they map an area the size of a
     mid-sized state!" (See state sizes below.)

     (And we wonder what has been heating our seas!)

State Rank
01 Alaska
02 Texas
03 California
04 Montana
05 New Mexico
06 Arizona
07 Nevada
08 Colorado
09 Wyoming
10 Oregon
11 Idaho
12 Utah
13 Kansas
14 Minnesota
15 Nebraska
16 South Dakota
17 North Dakota
18 Missouri
19 Oklahoma
20 Washington
21 Georgia
22 Michigan
23 Iowa
24 Illinois
25 Wisconsin
26 Florida
27 Arkansas
28 Alabama
29 North Carolina
30 New York
31 Mississippi
32 Pennsylvania
33 Louisiana
34 Tennessee
35 Ohio
36 Kentucky
37 Virginia
38 Indiana
39 Maine
40 South Carolina
41 West Virginia
42 Maryland
43 Vermont
44 New Hampshire
45 Massachusetts
46 New Jersey
47 Hawaii
48 Connecticut
49 Delaware
50 Rhode Island

 

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Square Miles
570,374
261,914
155,973
145,556
121,365
113,642
109,806
103,729
97,105
96,003
82,751
82,168
81,823
79,617
77,122
75,898
68,994
68,898
68,679
66,582
57,918
56,809
55,875
55,593
54,314
53,997
52,075
50,750
48,718
47,223
46,914
44,820
43,566
41,200
40,953
39,732
39,598
35,870
30,865
30,111
24,087
9,775
9,249
8,969
7,838
7,418
6,423
4,845
1,955
1,045

Thanks to Larry Cook for this list

 





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