Ben Oostdam story # 411

AMAZING SIGHT IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC

(Thanks to Steve Berlin who got this from a friend!)

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This is not a beach, volcanic stones
are floating on the water.

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wake trail formed by the "Maiken"

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And then we spotted ash and
steam rising from the ocean...
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And, while we were watching ...

In November 2006, the yacht 'Maiken' was
traveling in the south Pacific near Tonga
when the crew came across
an unusual sight ...
it was sand in the water, and the sand
was floating ON TOP of the waves.
Look at these photos and try to imagine the feeling,
the thrill of experiencing this phenomenon.
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A brand new island formed.

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A plume of black ash ...

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Pretty wild, huh?