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Meet The Newest Land On Earth

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SydneyMorningHerald reported –

Life on the newest island on Earth is thriving. Baby birds skitter about the mudflats and bluebottles sprawl on the black sand. We hear it before we see it, arriving pre-dawn to the sound of hundreds of gulls squawking in the dark sky. As many as five people have been here before, making this one of the least-explored patches of land on the planet. Stepping on the shore is thrilling and treacherous. Our boots sink in the unsettled surface. The ground is cracked and crumbling. There’s a whiff of sulphur. Massive eruptions of rock and ash from a volcano in Tonga created this new land in January. The baby island bubbled from the ocean about 65 kilometres northwest of the capital Nuku’alofa, becoming the world’s youngest land mass.

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