Huge undersea mountain found off Indonesia: scientists

May 29, 2009
This aerial view shows new homes being constructed to the north of Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra in 2006. A massive underwater mountain discovered off the Indonesian island of Sumatra could be a volcano with potentially catastrophic power, a scientist said Friday.

A massive underwater mountain discovered off the Indonesian island of Sumatra could be a volcano with potentially catastrophic power, a scientist said Friday.

Indonesian government marine geologist Yusuf Surachman said the was discovered earlier this month about 330 kilometres (205 miles) west of Bengkulu city during research to map the seabed's seismic faultlines.

The cone-shaped mountain is 4,600 metres (15,100 feet) high, 50 kilometres in diameter at its base and its summit is 1,300 metres below the surface, he said.

"It looks like a volcano because of its conical shape but it might not be. We have to conduct further investigations," he told AFP.

He denied reports that researchers had confirmed the discovery of a new , insisting that at this stage it could only be described as a "seamount" of the sort commonly found around the world.

"Whether it's active or dangerous, who knows?" he added.

The ultra-deep geological survey was conducted with the help of French scientists and international geophysical company CGGVeritas.

The scientists hope to gain a clearer picture of the undersea lithospheric plate boundaries and seafloor displacement in the area, the epicentre of the catastrophic Asian and tsunami of 2004.

The tsunami killed more than 220,000 people across Asia, including 168,000 people in Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra.

is on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and .

(c) 2009 AFP

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El_Nose
5 / 5 (6) May 29, 2009
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| --- Who is this guy?? and why is he talking
itm
5 / 5 (4) May 29, 2009
I immediately fired up my Google Earth, drew a line of 205 miles to the Westward from Bengkulu and lo and behold... there it sits! An enormous coneshaped undersea mountain...

Now, did Google Earth already update its seamaps?
Or was it always there to be seen?
Then why send an expedition if Google knows?
Curious,
Isaac / Rotterdam
Nik_2213
5 / 5 (5) May 29, 2009
"That is why the ocean expanded and developed an powerful earthquake..."

Um, actually that area is *contracting* across the subduction zone as Australasian etc plate slides NE, like India rammed into Asia...
jonnyboy
3.5 / 5 (6) May 29, 2009
"That is why the ocean expanded and developed an powerful earthquake..."

Um, actually that area is *contracting* across the subduction zone as Australasian etc plate slides NE, like India rammed into Asia...


Stop confusing the dude with real science!!!!!!!!!

In his world the sky ain't blue
THEY
not rated yet May 29, 2009
itm - GOOD CALL!
otto1923
4.7 / 5 (3) May 29, 2009
His brain is expanding faster than his skull I think
Velanarris
5 / 5 (3) May 30, 2009
His brain is expanding faster than his skull I think

Meningitis is a hell of a drug....
JukriS
1 / 5 (4) May 30, 2009
Maybe i am wrong, but i just wonder, why you dont have a theory of everything?

Maybe you have a wrong model of/an atom?

If that mountain getting bigger "fast", how you can explain, i already profetian that?

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Velanarris
5 / 5 (4) May 30, 2009
Maybe i am wrong, but i just wonder, why you dont have a theory of everything?
Pretty big leap to go from established science into the realm of future tech in a single comparison.
Maybe you have a wrong model of/an atom?
Experimentally proven, sorry, you're incorrect. The only change in our model of an atom will come at the refinement level, not the re-establishment level.
If that mountain getting bigger "fast", how you can explain, i already profetian that?
Profetian? Do you mean prophetian? or Prophesied?



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Nik_2213
5 / 5 (3) May 30, 2009
Loihi Seamount

http://www.soest....ihi.html



Here's one of those sea-bed volcanoes when it was younger...
JukriS
1 / 5 (5) May 31, 2009
divination, augury, prognostication, prediction, prophecy

I already prophecy phenomena like Dark Flow.

"Patches of matter in the universe seem to be moving at very high speeds and in a uniform direction that can't be explained by any of the known gravitational forces in the observable universe. Astronomers are calling the phenomenon "dark flow.""

http://www.space....ows.html



It easy to understund that this klusetrs coming some other huge energyconcentration who exploding and emit/radiate energywaves who have nature of galaxys!

Just remember, i divination, augury, prognostication, prediction, prophecy, that Huge undersea mountain it is going to increase, build up, intensify, grow, accelerate faster than other mountain, because of that energypulse 2004!

There is two possibilty. That energy who it is inside nucleus of atoms exploding/expanding all a time or not.

If not, how that energy stay in same density, compactness, tightness, thickness? What is that force who keeping energy in same density? How it is working?
Velanarris
5 / 5 (1) Jun 08, 2009
It's taken me 8 days to attempt to understand your post.

I still don't.

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