Huge Pumice 'Island' Floats in Pacific

Associated Press
In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 photo released Friday, Aug. 2012 by New Zealand Defence Force, an area of floating pumice is spotted southwest of Raoul island, off the coast of New Zealand. A mass of small volcanic rocks nearly the size of Belgium was discovered floating off the coast of New Zealand. The stretch of golf-ball-size pumice rocks was first spotted this week by a New Zealand air force plane about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) northeast of Auckland. Scientists said the rocks likely spewed up in an eruption by an underwater volcano. (AP Photo/New Zealand Defence Force, Nicole Munro) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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An "island" of floating pumice rocks bigger in area than Israel has been spotted in the South Pacific, New Zealand's Royal Navy said. August 11, 2012.

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