Unbelievable photos of the birth of an island in South Pacific, August 2006...

The following photos were sent to me by a now regular contributor to TWWI, and frankly they are among the most amazing images I have ever seen in my entire life. They are sequential, at least as far as I can tell, and the were taken by vacationers on a yacht in the South Pacific in August 2006. The particles that are floating on top of the sea in the first few photos appear initially to be sand. However, as the particles proliferate and frost over the entire surface of the ocean in every direction it becomes apparent that it is in fact volcanic rock that is being spewed to the surface from an underwater gyser.

Then, all of a sudden, in the distance there is steam rising from the sea, and it becomes obvious that the yacht had stumbled upon a large and significant volcanic event. Before the eyes of the world, perhaps for the first time in history, an island was born from the sea, and the face of the earth was changed for perhaps tens of millions of years. The pictures speak for themselves, so enjoy.

Absolutely Incredible.

Thanks Messner!
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