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U.S. research ship discovers underwater active volcano in Indonesia's Sulawesi

07-14-2010 15:58 BJT

JAKARTA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Marine research ship Okeanos Explorer discovered the crater of an active volcano located 2,000 meters underneath sea level in the waters of Indonesia's North Sulawesi province, local TV station reported on Wednesday.

The volcano that was found recently by the Okeanos Explorere has a height of 3,000 meters from the seabed, located in the Sangihe-Talaud waters in NOrth Sulawesi province, the Metro TV reported.

Researchers are still conducting further observation the volcano with initial finding said that the crater's heat was recorded at 400 degree Celcius.

Besides discovering the crater of the volcano, the U.S. marine research ship also identifies that liquid around the volcano contains certain metal, mineral and gas substances that heat up waters around the volcano up to four degrees Celcius.

The operation of the ship was following implementation of Indonesia-U.S. Cooperation in exploring Indonesia's waters.

The ongoing development of the research results are monitored and commanded live through video conference by stations erected in here and Seattle in the United States.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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