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Author Topic: Surtsey  (Read 2677 times)
Adam Hawthorne
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« on: April 14, 2007, 05:34:01 pm »

Conitnuing from the Restless Ocean Floor:

On the following day, the fish shoals were even thicker and the smoke on the horizon seemed to be coming from mountains on an island directly to the west,
where, according to the charts, there was no land for thousands of miles.  As
the Jesmon approached the vicinity of the island, Captain Robson threw out an
anchor at about twelve miles offshore to find out whether or not this unchartered island was surrounded by reefs.  Even though the charts indicated an area depth
of several thousand fathoms, the anchor hit bottom at only seven fathoms.

When Robson went ashore with a landing party, they found themselves to be on
a large island with no vegetation, no trees, no sandy beaches, bare of all life as if
it had just risen from the ocean.  The shore they landed on was covered with
volcanic debris.  As there were no trees, the party could clearly see a plateau be-
ginning several miles away and smoking mountains beyond that.

So, the physical appearance of the island matches the appearance of Surtsey.  The question is (if the Jesmond island actually existed), what happened to it? It has been over forty years since Surtsey appeared.

Now what we need is an incident of a whole island being submerged, if not, in a single day or night, at least, rather quickly.
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