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“Sharkcano”: NASA captures the eruption of an underwater volcano, which is home to 2 species of sharks


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NASA’s Earth Observatory has released satellite images of an erupting underwater volcano.

The image, taken on May 14 by the Operational Land Imager 2 on the Landsat 9 satellite, shows a plume of discolored water emitted by the underwater volcano. The satellite is designed to capture high resolution images of our planet.

the The Kavachi volcano in the Solomon Islands is one of the most active underwater volcanoes in the Pacific, NASA has said. The volcano lies about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of an island called Vangunu.

Kavachi was nicknamed “Sharkanoafter a 2015 expedition to the site found the crater to be an unlikely home for two species of sharks, suggesting that large marine animals are able to exist in an extreme environment, tolerating hot and acidic water.

A scalloped hammerhead shark and silky shark were among many species of fish spotted living in the active volcano by researchers. To look inside Kavachi crater, scientists deployed a baited camera to a depth of 164 feet (50 meters), according to the journal Oceanography.

The volcano erupts almost continuously, according to NASA, and steam and ash are often visible. The neighboring island is named after a sea god of the Gatokae and Vangunu peoples, and is sometimes also called Rejo te Kvachi, or “Kavachi’s oven”.



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