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Watch: Scientists Get Rare Glimpse of Undersea Volcano
When scientists first got the images back from West Mata Volcano, they noticed something odd. The undersea eruptions from two of the volcano's vents about 4,000 feet below sea level in the Pacific Ocean near Samoa were behaving very differently.
Volcanic Soundscapes Reveal Differences in Undersea Eruptions
New research matching different types of underwater volcanic eruptions with their unique sound signatures could help scientists better detect and understand emissions occurring on the seafloor.
Listening to the deep
We know more about the surface of the Moon and Mars than we do about the ocean’s seafloor. With water encompassing 63.78 million square miles, the oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, with the world’s largest body of water, the Pacific Ocean, covering roughly one third.
Breaking icebergs blast out noise
Iceberg disintegrations make the oceans noisier for months, and in the low frequencies that might affect marine mammals.