Scientists have recorded the deepest underwater volcano West Mata

Scientists have recorded the deepest underwater volcano West Mata Natural Disasters

The deepest underwater volcanic eruption can affect the marine life and the earth's surface.

Submarine eruptions account for one third of the earth's volcanic activity, but the depth and breadth of the ocean waters make it difficult to record all occurring tremors. Only active underwater volcano, whose eruption to date have been studied, it is NW Rota-1, located near the island of Guam.

West Mata volcano eruption is the deepest. The volcano is located in the Lau Basin near the islands of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. This place is considered to be most at subduction of one tectonic plate under the other, in other words — subduction.

First West Mata volcano was discovered by scientists in 2008 in a study in Lau Basin. Later eruptions have been recorded at a depth of 1200 meters. The samples obtained by scientists have revealed recently formed water-saturated lava (boninite), which was previously only found in ancient rocks. These patterns can help scientists to better understanding of the process of subduction.

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