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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl2309

The summit of the West Mata Volcano is nearly a mile below the ocean surface (1165 meters / 3882 feet), and the base descends to nearly two miles (3000 meters / 9842 feet) deep. The eruptive activity occurred at several places along the summit, in an area approximately the length of a football field. The volvcano has a six-mile long rift zone running along its spine from SW to NE.

Image ID: expl2309, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Pacific Ocean, Northeast Lau Basin, Fiji area
Credit: NOAA

Category: Ocean exploration/

High Resolution Photo Available

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