High-resolution view of Havre Seamount Pumice

High-resolution view of Havre Seamount Pumice
  • Credit:

    NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using data from the NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

Strands of pumice curl around L’Esperance Rock in this satellite image collected on August 24, 2012. Pumice is light gray, water is near-black, and the sparsely vegetated island is red in the false-color image.

The pumice was erupted in mid-july by the Havre Seamount, an underwater volcano about 50 kilometers (30 miles) to the northwest. In the weeks following the eruption, pumice spread throughout the Kermadec Islands, a volcanic archipelago extending north of New Zealand. The image was acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard the Terra satellite.

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  • Data Date:

    August 24, 2012
  • Visualization Date:

    August 28, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - ASTER
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