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Published on Dec 11, 2006
Filmed in April 2006, this video captures the first time that glowing lava had ever been witnessed from a submarine volcanic eruption! In this case, the lava was rising in the vent so fast that a small glimpse of red glow can be seen intermittently before it crusted over or was blown apart.
What a sight! Do you think the scientists were a little excited?
The Jason remotely operated vehicle is operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of the National Deep Submergence Facility, which is jointly funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and NOAA.
Video courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2006 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program.