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Massive rock raft found floating off New Zealand

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posted on Aug, 11 2012 @ 09:19 PM
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If you can bond/glue it together.
you could have a floting Inland! how cool would that be.
build a home on it. may get a bit sea sick!
you would need sails on it and Engine.




posted on Aug, 13 2012 @ 12:40 AM
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yeah I can't see what all the fuss is about, just the sheer size of the "float" I guess. There was similar thing a few years ago up near Samoa.
Pumice is not rare in NZ as you mention, back in the 1970's it was mined and used in lightweight concrete for commercial flat roof screeds, I come across them occasionally in my work re-roofing, they absorb water like crazy and hard to get dried out. We did one at the old Colgate factory in Petone a few years back, the engineer estimated the screed was holding 15 tons of moisture from a leak that had been ongoing for 5 years, the screed was 12" thick at the highest point, we had to drill holes in the main structural concrete roof slab to drain it out, took 6 months before it was down to 18% moisture content.
You can buy pumice concrete statues here too, Easter Island heads seemed to be the craze a couple of years ago.
I bet if I went down to our beach on the West Coast North Island I could come back with more "rocks" than that guy in the picture hadin his hand , they are all over the place.
Good for getting rubbing stains off your skin too, and callouses



posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 10:50 PM
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Nasa have now found the eruption that most likely created this raft, and it was not Monowai. The eruption occurred in July in the Kermadecs; the Havre Seamount.
pacific.scoop.co.nz...

www.wired.com...

en.wikipedia.org...

...which makes 3 eruptions for the New Zealand region in recent history.



posted on Aug, 15 2012 @ 12:36 AM
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well done

geez they were way off with the original location eh.

from the Wiki article


Seismologists discovered a cluster of earthquakes (ranging in magnitude between 3.0 and 4.8) that began on July 17, 2012 and ended on July 18, 2012

well I didn't notice those, must be secret USGS data they used , I'll have to go back and check.
Geonet NZ don't really cover that far up, although their search map does include that area.

off the East Cape of the North Island has been getting hammered for about a month now with quakes, just off to the east of the East Cape Ridge, a lot further south than the Havre seamount, if subduction theory is right then this and the 3 eruptions are probably part of the same thing. Map of that on here goo.gl...
Makes you wonder how many earthquakes are going on further up the EC Ridge thatw e never hear about.



posted on Aug, 15 2012 @ 12:54 PM
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Thanks
And actually I can't count can I... I hadn't included Monowai in my counting - so that is actually x4 eruptions in the last month...


Originally posted by muzzy...if subduction theory is right then this and the 3 eruptions are probably part of the same thing. Map of that on here goo.gl...
Makes you wonder how many earthquakes are going on further up the EC Ridge thatw e never hear about.


Awesome - I love the question everything approach "if subduction theory is right"! It is so rare these days. I guess this ruins NZ's carbon footprint eh.

Officially as you probably know the volcanologists are saying Tongariro and White Island eruptions are probably unrelated. But four within 2000km certainly makes you think.

July 17-18 Havre Seamount
Aug 3 Monowai Seamount (very little info online?)
Aug 5 White Island
Aug 6 Tongariro



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