What’s Amazing to Me…

…is that a) there can be a floating island the size of Israel and b) that nobody can have noticed it before.

This could get very interesting as this thing floats around in shipping lanes, crashes into some land mass, and/or gets bigger.

  • Michael O.

    It likely just formed from a volcanic eruption, and it’s made out of pumice so it’s probably to light to do any damage to ships.

  • quasimodo

    it may not damage the hulls of big ships but it is very abrasive and won’t do any favors to any mechanical part it gets into and to fiberglass or wooden hulls … still, not a huge hazard in most cases … but what do most of us know anyway?

  • deiseach

    Why nobody noticed it before? The sea is big, Mark. Very big. We don’t realise quite how much water makes up the extent of planet Earth until, well, things like this.

    • http://www.virtue-quest.com/ Robert King

      According to the AAP article a couple links down the line, it was likely formed by the eruption of an undersea volcano, so it may actually have been formed relatively recently.

  • Mark S (not for Shea)

    I just think it’s wonderful that rocks float. Monty Python was right after all.

    • Alma Peregrina

      No. Monty Python were wrong! They said “very small rocks”! Enfasis on the “very small”.

  • victor

    The island is really purgatory.

  • http://gladius-spiritus.blogspot.com/ bear

    Numenor is rising.

  • MikeTheGeek

    Cthulhu rises! Ia! Ia!

  • Liam

    If you look closely, you’ll notice 2 starbucks shops next to each other.

  • Michelle

    Hey, somebody should check to see if that’s where the inhabitants of “Lost” plane-wrecked!

  • Nick R

    Also they might not have noticed it before because it wasn’t there. Underwater eruptions could’ve happened quite recently to form this.
    presumably we would’ve seen it from space or from underwater mapping, and it would so up here: http://goo.gl/maps/tqNyQ
    if it weren’t a recent development. Still, very fascinating, thanks for sharing!

    • Ted Seeber

      Not to mention the fact that it’s in the South Pacific. Not many shipping lanes down there. There isn’t a lot of trade between Australia and Argentina.

  • bob

    Finally we know where the “Palestinian Homeland” is.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    “In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”

  • Will

    I understand that the Dutch are having it towed to the Netherlands so that they can add some more land on.

  • http://www.pilgrimage.subcreators.com Lori Pieper

    Does this remind anyone besides me of C. S.. Lewis’ Perelandra? Only his floating islands were so lush and beautiful.

  • Richard Chonak

    It’s the next offshore libertarian paradise!

  • ChrisB

    Can you walk on it?


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