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Mysterious island in Pacific Ocean isn’t going anywhere: NASA

A mysterious island that formed four years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean appears to be here to stay, according to NASA scientists. The island, which formed between December 2014 and January 2015, was caused by a volcanic eruption near the nation of Tonga, in between two older islands known as Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai. The new island is one of only three that has erupted in the last 150 years and “survived the ocean’s eroding waves longer than a few months,” NASA said in a blog post. “We were all like giddy school children,” said NASA scientist Dan Slayback of his visit to the island. “Most of it is this black gravel, I won’t call it sand – pea-sized gravel – and we’re mostly wearing sandals so it’s pr ...