Scientists see two Volcanoes Erupt

Posted by on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Mawson Peak is located in Indian Ocean

Australia is home to only two active volcanoes. Both of them have erupted – and scientists on board a ship conducting research nearby caught the rare event on film.

Big Ben volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. 

Scientists on board the CSIRO's RV Investigator were visiting the islands conducting research into the concentration of iron in Antarctic waters.

Big Ben is a volcanic massif that dominates the geography of Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean. It is a composite cone with a diameter of approximately 25 kilometres. Its highest peak is Mawson Peak, which is 2,745 m above sea level.

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