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“New” Pacific Island Consumes Its Neighbor
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“New” Pacific Island Consumes Its Neighbor

In the western Pacific Ocean, a new volcanic island that formed in the shadow of Nishino-shima has merged with it. The island has doubled in size as the eruption continues.

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Volcanic Island in the Pacific Turns Two
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Volcanic Island in the Pacific Turns Two

Nishinoshima has grown to twelve times its original size.

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Easter Island
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Easter Island

The island once looked very different from how it does today.

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Bouvet Island, South Atlantic Ocean
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Bouvet Island, South Atlantic Ocean

Bouvet Island is known as the most remote island in the world; Antarctica, over 1600 kilometers (994 miles) to the south, is the nearest land mass. Located near the junction between the South American, African, and Antarctic tectonic plates, the island is mostly formed from a shield volcano—a broad, gently sloping cone formed by thin, fluid lavas—that is almost entirely covered by glaciers.

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Southern Paramushir Island, Kuril Chain, Russia
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Southern Paramushir Island, Kuril Chain, Russia

This astronaut photograph shows the southern end of Paramushir Island after a snowfall. Four volcanic centers are brightly lit on their western slopes and deeply shadowed to the east.

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A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
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A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

Bouvet Island, a territory of Norway, is one of the most remote islands in the world.

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New Island Made of Tuff Stuff
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New Island Made of Tuff Stuff

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai is likely to persist for years, maybe decades.

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Connecting Islands in the Pacific
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Connecting Islands in the Pacific

The eruption of an undersea volcano gave rise to new real estate between two islands in the kingdom of Tonga.

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Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska
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Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska

Semisopochnoi is the “Island of the Seven Mountains, ” or more precisely in Russian: “having seven hills.” This uninhabited volcanic island is also an important nesting area for maritime birds of the North Pacific.

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Henrietta Island, Russia
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Henrietta Island, Russia

This natural-color image shows Henrietta Island, with a smooth, dome-capped surface and a rugged coastline, illuminated by low-angled sunlight.

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

A pair of modest oyster flats turned into two of most important islands in the United States.

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Nishinoshima continues to erupt
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Nishinoshima continues to erupt

Nishinoshima spews a plume of ash and gas, part of an ongoing eruption that continues to increase the size of the small island.

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South Georgia Island
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South Georgia Island

There is no permanent human base on South Georgia Island, a British territory in the South Atlantic Ocean that lies 1,300 kilometers east of the Falkland Islands. The crew of the International Space Station captured this image of the rugged and isolated landscape of the northern shore of the island. The first recorded explorer to land on the island was Captain James Cook aboard the HMS Resolution in 1775. He mapped part of the coastline, but was discouraged by the thick ice cover, lack of vegetation, and steep mountains. Mt. Paget, the highest peak, rises to 2,934 meters (9,625 feet) above sea level, and the island supports 161 glaciers. Cook named the southernmost point of the island “Cape Disappointment” when he realized he had not reached Antarctica.

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