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A small, young volcano has been discovered in the oldest section of the Pacific plate.
This ‘petit-spot’ volcano is about 1,500 feet high and thought to have last erupted less than three million years ago.
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This underwater mountain sits in the western part of the Pacific Ocean near Minamitorishima Island – an area researchers previously believed only consisted of islands and seamounts that formed at least 70 million years ago.
The discovery was made by researchers from Tohoku University, who suspected there was a small volcano in the area after investigating data of the depths and shapes of the underwater terrain collected by the Japan Coast Guard.
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To investigate this theory, the team pulled rock samples from the ground gathered by a manned submersible that can dive more than 21,000 feet below the surface.
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