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The Birth of a New Volcano Under the Sea

When Marc Chaussidon, director of the Institute of Geophysics in Paris, looked at the map of the newly scanned seafloor in the Indian Ocean, he discovered something very unusual:

   Rising from the Indian Ocean floor between Africa and Madagascar was a giant edifice 800 meters high and 5 kilometers across. In previous maps, there had been nothing. “This thing was built from zero in 6 months!” Chaussidon says.

What Chaussidon saw was the birth of a new volcano - the largest of such underwater event ever seen in human history.

image credit: MAYOBS team (CNRS/IPGP-Université de Paris/Ifremer/BRGM) 

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