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Huge Volcanic 'Raft' Found Floating Off New Zealand


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Marty
- 1445 days ago - abcnews.go.com
The stretch of golf-ball-size pumice rocks was first spotted this week by a New Zealand air force plane about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) northeast of Auckland. The rocks stretch for about 26,000 square kilometers (10,000 square miles)



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Roger Garin-michaud (150)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 4:16 pm
noted thanks !
 

MmAway M. (489)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 5:50 pm
Thank you Marty...Said History on your other news and made an error...You have outstanding news and enlighten me on History! The one I did comment on wasn't you're Special News...For that Forgive me!
 

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 7:08 pm
Someone should collect them, it wouldn't be that hard, and maybe sell them as souvenirs and donate the proceeds to charity.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Monday August 13, 2012, 1:21 pm
Pumice is a very light rock and quite a cool "toy" for young kids that never get to see things like that. When I was a kid, my Grandmother brought some back from Crater Lake and I thought that they were the coolest rocks in my collection, because they floated.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday August 13, 2012, 5:32 pm
Thanks Marty.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday August 13, 2012, 7:02 pm
I read about something like this... That island in Dr Doolittle (original book, not those creepy movies) that was a volcano with a big magma bubble busted off its base and floating around until Doolittle's party convinced the whales to drive it into shore when the bubble sprung a leak. There was also the Monty Python witch trial in Holy Grail, where a peasant suggested that 'very small rocks' could float - was he thinking about pumice?
 

Dan(iel) M. (25)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 4:51 am
Noted! Thanks for posting.
 

Kerrie G. (118)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 8:21 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Klaus Peters (14)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 10:50 am
Obviously vulcanic rock that floats, maybe a vulcanic eruption close to NZ. Sorry Kiwies, you had a hard time lately, I am really feeling for Christchurch. I have relatives there.
 

John B. (194)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 9:19 pm
Thanks Marty. Read and noted.
 

LMj Recovering Sunshine (144)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 3:02 pm
Interesting, TY.
 

Robert Hardy (68)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 10:40 pm
Why do they float?
 

Marty Powell (140)
Friday August 17, 2012, 3:50 pm
pumice is filled with air pockets. it makes it float
 

Seda A. (4)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:31 pm
thanks
 

Robert Hardy (68)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 7:03 pm
the world is an amazing place.
 
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