Underwater volcanic eruption discovered
2011-08-10 09:54:17 GMT2011-08-10 17:54:17(Beijing Time)
Newly-discovered volcanoes. The peak in the foreground is thought to be the most active, with eruptions in the past few years. Credit: British Antarctic Survey.
Volcanoes! The team mapped an area about 100 miles wide and nearly the length of Britain. The missing parts of the image are where islands blocked the research vessel's mapping sonar. Credit: British Antarctic Survey.
An undersea volcano has erupted off the coast of Oregon, spewing forth a layer of lava more than 12 feet (4 meters) thick in some places, and opening up deep vents that belch forth a cloudy stew of hot water and microbes from deep inside the Earth.