They Saw A Sandbar In The Middle Of The Ocean. When They Looked Back, They Couldn't Believe Their Eyes

February 28, 2016

We don't really think about it on a daily basis, but the Earth is still changing all the time. It just happens so slowly that we can't really perceive it. But every now and then, things speed up… a lot.

Recently, the crew of the Maiken was enjoying a leisurely sail through the South Pacific when they spotted a strange discoloration on the water. They moved in closer to inspect it, but by the time they realized what it was, it was too late.

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The crew of the Maiken was sailing the South Pacific when they spotted an unusual shadow.

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As they got closer, what they had taken to be a sandbar revealed itself to be something else entirely.

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A huge amount of pumice stone was floating to the surface of the water. It looked like a beach.

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They decided to get a closer look and redirected their yacht towards it.

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It looked like a beach in the middle of the ocean!

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The crew decided to sail through it, leaving a break in the stone behind them as they went.

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They wondered what could have caused this expanse of stone to suddenly appear.

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The field of pumice was getting even larger as they passed through it. The crew had an uneasy feeling and upped their speed.

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Once they were a safe distance away, they heard a faint rumbling. Looking back they saw water bubbling from the surface.

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The source of the pumice stone was an underwater volcano that was actually erupting at the time!

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They anchored to watch this tremendous event. Massive plumes of smoke filled the sky.

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As the smoke cleared, they noticed something strange just at the water's surface…

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It was land!

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The stunned crew couldn't believe what they were seeing: It was the actual birth of a new island.

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They sailed a little bit closer to see if their eyes were playing tricks on them.

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But it was real. The peaks of this new land mass were already taking form.

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It was one of the rarest events imaginable.

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