A huge 20,000 football pitch volcano floats across the Pacific Ocean to Australia – and can bring a large array of marine life to the Great Barrier Reef.
The reef saw an 89 percent decrease in new corals after mass bleaching – when unusually hot water destroyed much of its colored algae, a source of food – in 2016 and 2017.
Sailors first discovered the giant volcanic rock sheet produced by underwater volcano near the Pacific island of Tonga on Aug. 9, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.
It measures nearly 58 square miles.
One week later, Australian couple Michael Hult and Larissa Brill were said to have encountered a pumice stone firsthand while sailing toward Fiji as volcanic rocks between the helm and the hull hit the boat's steering wheel.
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we didn't know how deep it [or] was if we were floating over a volcano that was active at the moment. It looked as if it was still appearing, bubbling below, "the couple wrote on Facebook.
From the meeting, the couple worked with Scott Bryan, Professor of Geology at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), to sample and photograph the unique volcanic rock formation.
Brian said that marine creatures such as corals, crabs, snails, worms and barracks could be rafted as he made his way to Australia, calling it "a potential mechanism to restore the Great Barrier Reef."  He added: "Based on the past events of the Salve Salve we have been studying for the last 20 years, it will bring new healthy corals and other reef residents to the Great Barrier Reef. "
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He also said that this is a one-way nature can help in encouraging5. on a volcanic rock that paves the way to the Great Barrier Reef. “/>