"We looked like children without moving."
Dan Slayback, NASA's researcher, told his experience of having a " visit an island in the Pacific that is spectacular to scientists.
The volcanic island has evolved in the harbor in 2015 and is part of the Tonga island island.
Since he was born, he had been interested in NASA scientists.
Understand the creation of islands and the change in Earth to donate notes the interactionbetween volcanic land and old water tanks on Mars.
NASA researchers have been watching the island through the soldiers. But the truth can be quite different from the images captured to speed.
And when Slayback arrived and a group of students to the new island they found a landscape quite different from the one who was expecting.
Mud and gravel
Slayback visited the island by a researcher from Tonga and scientists and students of the Association of Marine Sciences, Marine Education Society, a college study program for a college student based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
The island is as new as its name and is just defined as it is HTHH, the combination of the name of two nearby islands, Hunga Tonga and Hunga Haai.
"Most of the island is similar to ato gravel blackaI would not be sandy because the stones are so big, "said Slayback, a scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
"We were all sorry and it was very painful when the stones came under the legs," the researcher told a NASA blog.
"And it's like clay that's middle-sized, in the satellite images you can see this light colorful, it's sludge spread"
"It's very stealing. When we saw it, we did not know what it was and its source is still in & # 39; affect me. Because it is not about volcanic ash. "
Blossoms and birds
The silk was not the only wonder of the researchers.
Slayback and students raised pictures of vegetation that spread the soil and may have grown from seeds that came to the island the bird patients.
Even one owl, possibly living in the vegetation of nearby islands, appear when the trip was.
The sciences also got birds they had shaped sheep or black Sheep (Onychoprion fuscatus), which took shelter in the bad contamination of the ground around the pit.
The rocks on the rocks around the pit are another mystery.
"I was amazed at how precious it was to be on the island, when you are there, you will see clearly what happens to the ground," said Slayback.
"The erosion caused by the water on the island is much faster than I thought."
The island is particularly interesting because only three islands have been born from a break in the last 150 years, including HTHH, which has been living in recent months to a powerful decline. sea.
Researchers and students gathered rock specimens from the island and made a portion of the ground with drones and GPS units.
Back in his work at the Goddard center, Slayback is now working on model 3D from the island to determine its measurement.
The scientist hopes to return to the island the following year in searching ears to solve some of his many mysteries.
Now you can get information from the BBC News World Download the new version of our app and activate them so that you do not remove the best content.
- Do you already know your YouTube channel? Content!