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The Discovery of the West Mata Volcano

January 04, 2012

Ever wonder how scientists discover underwater eruptions in some of the deepest depths of our ocean? Watch the latest YouTube video above to learn how PMEL and University of Washington scientists discovered one of the most explosive underwater eruptions caught on camera.

The West Mata volcano is located in the South Pacific and scientists hope to return to the volcano this year to capture more activity on film.  Follow the Vents program online for more information.

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