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Submission + - Explosive Volcanic Eruption Found Under Arctic Ice

radioweather writes: An international team of researchers was able to provide evidence of explosive volcanism in the deeps of the ice-covered Arctic Ocean for the first time. Researchers from an expedition to the Gakkel Ridge, led by the American Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, report in the current issue of the journal Nature that they discovered, with a specially developed camera, extensive layers of volcanic ash on the seafloor, which indicates a gigantic volcanic eruption.

The Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and buried thriving Pompeii under a layer of ash and pumice. Far away in the Arctic Ocean, at 85 N 85 E, a similarly violent volcanic eruption happened almost undetected in 1999.

This discovery of a major volcanic eruption under sea ice is the second one this year, another active volcano was found in Antarctica under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet by members of the British Antarctic Survey in January.

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