21 Jan 2007, Comments Off on Cruising through a sea of stones

Cruising through a sea of stones

Author: Helen

Can you guess what this is?

Image from http://yacht-maiken.blogspot.com/2006/08/stone-sea-and-volcano.html

A relative of mine, for whom no urban myth is too crazy to forward an email on, sent me a beautiful photo essay. I was sceptical, but this story turns out to be true according to Snopes.com.

http://yacht-maiken.blogspot.com/2006/08/stone-sea-and-volcano.html

The photo essay is from the blog Fredrik and Crew on Maiken (Maiken is an oceangoing yacht). The “beach” is a floating layer or raft of pumice, rained down on the ocean by an active volcano nearby.

After Fredrik and blogger Hakan Larsson saw the floating stone beach, they witnessed a volcanic eruption and the birth of an island. A local news report is here.

Lying on it with an umbrella drink might be a tiny bit uncomfortable this century, though.

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