Bizarre floating volcanic rock 'ice shelf' found in Pacific
WELLINGTON (AFP) - A huge cluster of floating volcanic rocks covering almost 26,000 sq km has been found drifting in the Pacific, the New Zealand navy said on Friday.
The strange phenomenon, which witnesses said resembled a polar ice shelf, was made up of lightweight pumice expelled from an underwater volcano, the navy said.
An air force plane spotted the rocks on Thursday about 1,000km offshore from New Zealand and warned a navy warship that it was heading towards them.
Lieutenant Tim Oscar said that while he knew his ship the HMNZS Canterbury was in no danger from the pumice, which is solidified lava filled with air bubbles, it was still "the weirdest thing I've seen in 18 years at sea".