By: April Carson
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates a network of satellites that provides continuous data about the world's weather and climate. The images show an undersea volcano erupting, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.
The Operational Land Imager 2 on the Landsat 9 satellite photographed a plume of discolored water being shot from beneath the submarine volcano on May 14. The satellite is designed to produce high-resolution photographs of our planet.
Scientists believe that the eruption was caused by magma and gas rising from the Earth's mantle and breaking through the seafloor. The event is known as a "Sharkcano" eruption, because it often results in large numbers of sharks being stranded on the shore.
This event, called a "Sharkcano" eruption, is relatively rare. NOAA scientists say that only a handful of eruptions have been captured by satellite in the past 30 years.
The Kavachi volcano in the Solomon Islands is one of the Pacific's most active submarine volcanoes, according to NASA. The volcano is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Vangunu island.
The Kavachi Volcano was named "Sharkcano" after a 2015 expedition revealed that the crater housed two species of shark, implying that large sea creatures can live in very hot and acidic water.
Researchers have discovered several fish species living in the active volcano, including a scalloped hammerhead and silky shark. According to Oceanography, researchers lowered a baited drop camera to 164 feet (50 meters) inside Kavachi's crater.
It's not entirely hostile to life, even though it is an extreme environment. In fact, certain types of fish, such as sharks and other marine creatures, are known to dwell in hydrothermal vents, which are areas where cold ocean water comes into contact with hot water spewed from the Earth's interior.
While the sharks don't seem to be bothered by the heat and activity, they may be attracted to the abundance of food in the area. The volcano emits a large plume of nutrients that attract smaller fish, which in turn attract larger predators like sharks.
According to NASA, Mount Meru is "one of the most active volcanoes on the planet," with an eruption occurring virtually constantly and steam and ash being frequently visible. The adjacent island is named for a sea god of the Gatokae and Vangunu peoples, and it's also known as Rejo te Kvachi or "Kavachi's Oven."
In recent years, however, the volcano has been particularly active, with a large eruption in 2015 and several smaller ones since. This activity has scientists curious about what, if anything, is living inside the crater.
This study was published in the journal Nature Communications.
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