Giant pumice ‘raft’ the size of Manhattan floating towards Australia – NZ Herald

Giant pumice 'raft' floating in the Pacific could help restore the Great Barrier Reef. Photo / via Nasa

A giant pumice island is drifting towards Australia. Scientists say it’s great news.

Source: Giant pumice ‘raft’ the size of Manhattan floating towards Australia – NZ Herald

Would You Like to Buy an Extinct Volcano? | Smart News | Smithsonian

You can own a real volcano in England for around $60,700.


The U.K.’s Posbury Clump may not have the snazziest of names, but the site boasts a rich history—and is available for around $60,700

Source: Would You Like to Buy an Extinct Volcano? | Smart News | Smithsonian

The North Magnetic Pole’s Mysterious Journey Across the Arctic – The New York Times

Scientists accelerated the update of a model of Earth’s fluctuating magnetic field, which is needed to keep navigational systems functioning. Many wondered what’s happening inside the planet’s core.

Japan is set to be the new main source of rare earths

Japan looks to replace China as the primary source of critical metals, with enough of several elements to supply industries for hundreds of years.

Source: Japan is set to be the new main source of rare earths

A Gurgling ‘Mud Pot’ Is Crawling Across Southern California | Smart News | Smithsonian

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Scientists don’t know why the muddy spring is moving, but it poses a threat to the infrastructure in its path

Source: A Gurgling ‘Mud Pot’ Is Crawling Across Southern California | Smart News | Smithsonian

Nautilus Mineral’s 250-tonne digger scours the sea floor for gold, copper and zinc | WIRED UK

Great.  Now they’re strip-mining the ocean floor.

The mammoth digger will be put to work 1,600 metres beneath the Pacific Ocean

Source: Nautilus Mineral’s 250-tonne differ scours the sea floor for gold, copper and zinc | WIRED UK