Volcano creates new island in the Red Sea


13 Responses to “Volcano creates new island in the Red Sea”

  1. k says:

    has this image been edited to include the devil? or is this from the weekly world news….

  2. GuyInMilwaukee says:


  3. Teirhan says:

    this does genuinely make me wonder what the international agreements are on new land.  who gets to claim this baby island?

    • Lobster says:

      Probably the same person who already claims the uninhabited, lifeless, tiny chunks of rock right next to it.

    • headcode says:

      What I wonder about is the fantastic new opportunity for scientists to study bio-geography.  Think of it.  A brand new sterile island that can now be observed for the arrival of animal life and how they accomplish it.  Completely fascinating.

    • iCowboy says:

      It appeared in Yemeni territorial waters, so they get first dibs, just as soon as it’s cool enough to plant a flag.

      This sort of things isn’t just an abstract political problem, in the 19th Century, Britain, France, Spain and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (no really) nearly went to war over the volcano Ferdinandea just south of Sicily. For most of the time Ferdinandea is completely submarine, but in 1831 it breached the surface and eventually rose some 60m above the ocean. So there was a race to plant flags.

      The British got in first and claimed it as Graham Island when only a few rocks had appeared and even planted their flag when the volcano was erupting! The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies followed and named it after King Ferdinand. That was followed by the French who named it Julia. Spain also put in a claim for the hell of it.

      The dispute went on for five months with all sides threatening war (and planning tourist resorts) before the ocean swept the loose cinders away. The volcano has been mostly quiet since then, but it is now recognised as part of Italy if it should bother to appear again.

      There’s probably a good steampunk adventure in all this.

      Obviously feeling left out, in 1986 the Americans bombed it thinking the volcano was a Libyan submarine.

      It’s not like new islands are uncommon. Right now, just off the coast of El Hierro in the Canaries there’s another volcanic eruption going on that might create a new island in the near future.

  4. Lobster says:

    More evidence that climate change is a hoax!  They keep telling us that islands are vanishing when clearly more are appearing!

    …am I trolling right?

  5. Listener43 says:

    Ah, this takes me back to that fine school science film, Birth of an Island.

  6. Thomas Juette says:

    “What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men. A time will come – but I must not and cannot think! Let me pray that, if I do not survive this manuscript, my executors may put caution before audacity and see that it meets no other eye…”

  7. JoshP says:

      What’s so cool about these archipelagos(?) is how they support our notions of larger plate tectonics.  It blew my mind when I learned that this is the relatively stable upthrust of the upper mantle scrambling at the lower side of a plate.  You can track the motion of the plate over the milennia by looking at past eruptions that show up as the older islands.  ++really cool igneous rocks.

  8. DewiMorgan says:

    Wonder if this could be made to happen on demand, somewhere.

  9. noah django says:

    >the Red Sea may have begun spreading apart about 34 million years ago

    b-but…  Moses didn’t flee Egypt 34 million years ago!

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