Underwater Discovery

Watch an erupting underwater volcano

William Chadwick Jr. and a team from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration were the fist to video tape an erupting underwater volcano (NOAA Photo Library)
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Legend has it that the Greek mathematician Archimedes ran naked in the streets shouting "Eureka!" when, in his bath, he came up with a way to measure the purity of gold. While most modern scientists keep their clothes on, their enthusiasm for discovery remains unabated. "It's exploding like an egg!" exclaims William Chadwick Jr. of Oregon State University as he watches the first-ever video of an erupting underwater volcano, NW Rota-1. Chadwick, along with a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (co-sponsors of the new Ocean Hall), used a remote camera to record this 2006 event.

Click the link to the right to hear Chadwick's eureka moment and see the video that inspired it.

Ocean Views, a photography exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History spotlights the ocean’s vast wildlife and environment. Nature’s Best Photography and the museum invited photographers of all skill levels to submit their photos of the sea. Over 10,000 photos were submitted and Ocean Views showcases the very best. The exhibit complements the museum’s Ocean Hall, opening September 27, 2008... Hawksbill Turtle off the coast of French Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands (Christopher Guglielmo)
Gentoo Penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica (Cynthia Walpole)
Goliath Grouper and Cigar Minnows offshore Jupiter, Fla. (Douglas David Seifert)
Sperm Whale off Pico Island, Azores, Portugal (Franco Banfi)
Iceberg in fog off Quirpon Island, Newfoundland (John Sylvester)
Tripletail Wrasse in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia (Keri Wilk)
California Sea Lion in Monterey Bay, California (Kevin Schafer)
Orca Whales off Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Ralph Lee Hopkins)
John Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Jon Cornforth)
Western Clown Anemonefish in Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Takako Uno)
Walrus in Cape Lee, Edge Island (Ralph Lee Hopkins)
Wailau Beach rainbow near North Shore Molokai, Hawaii (Jon Cornforth)
Florida Manatees in Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Fla. (Todd Essick)
Spine-cheek Anemonefish in Raja Ampat, Indonesia (Todd Mintz)
Harbor Seal in LeConte Glacier, Alaska (Tom and Pat Leeson)
Sea Otter in Prince William Sound, Alaska (Tom and Pat Leeson)
Boulders on Beach in Island Hoy, Orkney Islands, Scotland (Verena and Georg Popp)
Moon Jellyfish off Boston Harbor, Boston, Mass. (Wayne J. Dudley)
Humpback Whale in the Silver Bank Marine Mammal Sanctuary, Dominican Republic (Wyland)
Jellyfish in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia (Yeang Ch’ng)
About Anika Gupta
Anika Gupta

Anika Gupta’s writing has appeared in India and the United States, including in Business Today magazine, where she served as its first digital content editor, the Hindustan Times newspaper and Smithsonian magazine. Currently, she is a Master's student at MIT, where she studies user-generated content and mainstream media culture. She's also a science writer, media blogger, and essayist.

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