Volcanoes continue to fascinate us...Volcano found on an island we visited in Antarctica...


Me and a few Gentoo penguins on Saunders Island, Antarctica on January 26, 2018.  What an experience!
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When we noticed this news story from a popular news source in the UK, we went to work researching to ensure this story is true. We all know how sensationalism is rampant in the press.


Having been to Antarctica on one of the most amazing small ship cruises, Ponant Le Boreal, heading out on Zodiac boats often twice a day was an experience we'll never forget.  

The price was high for this cruise but, in the end, we understood the reasons for the higher cruise fare.  It was truly a life-changing experience that will remain forefront in our minds when we think about past and future cruises.

When we confirmed the story was true, we decided to share it here.  Having visited Saunders Island on that Antarctica cruise, this story suddenly had special meaning for us.

Following is the story from the news source that we discovered a few days ago and this photo from the article:
Antarctica news: Saunders Island volcano
Not our photo (obviously). Antarctica: The active volcano sits on Saunders Island near Antarctica as seen from space.
From this site:

"Antarctica SHOCK: Scientists have found a monstrous LAVA lake under a sub-Antarctic island

ANTARCTICA scientists have just discovered a never-seen-before lake of bubbling lava under an Island in the sub-Antarctic circle.

The shocking discovery was made by the British Antarctic Survey using powerful satellite imagery of the Southern Hemisphere. The Antarctic survey confirmed the presence of molten lava in the crater of Mount Michael, an active volcano on Saunders Island. 

The small island in the sub-Antarctica circle is part of British Overseas Territory (BOT) in the Southern Ocean, near the icy continent Antarctica. But the really exciting part of the discovery is the lava lake is the eighth of its kind to be found on Earth.

Geologist Dr. Alex Burton-Johnson from the British Antarctic Survey said in a statement: “We are delighted to have discovered such a remarkable geological feature in the British Overseas Territory.

“Identifying the lava lake has improved our understanding of the volcanic activity and hazard on this remote island, and tells us more about these rare features, and finally, it has helped us develop techniques to monitor volcanoes from space."

The incredible findings were submitted to the latest issues of the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

The researcher’s paper reads: “This is the first evidence for a lava lake within Mt Michael from data that can resolve the crater floor, and the first evidence for magmatic temperatures.

“As thermal anomalies were detected in all images showing the crater, we suggest that the lava lake is a common and persistent feature.”
This is not, however, the first time scientists have suspected the presence of a magma lake in Mount Michael.

Mount Michael is an active stratovolcano on Saunders Island in the South Sandwich Islands.  This remote grouping of islands sits in the Southern Atlantic Ocean near Antarctica and the Southern Ocean."

Of course, we never knew of, nor did we see the volcano.  From our position close to the beach it wouldn't have been possible.  While on the Big Island in Hawaii in 2014, we were able to see the lava spewing from Mount Kilauea. 
This is a photo I took of a photo of when the lava crossed Apa'a Street on October 25th.
See this link for news report.  See our post from this date, please click here.
 See our photo below, taken from the observation deck at Kilauea National Park.

This was my favorite shot from the evening with the backdrop of the glow from Mount Kilauea. For more photos, please click here.
Having had the opportunity to see lava up close and personal as we did in 2014 only adds to the adventures of our world travels.  In one month from today, August 8th, we're on the move again seeking more outstanding adventures.

Even the quiet uneventful days can bring adventure into our hearts and minds.  All we have to do is "Dream, Dream, Dream."
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