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Geologist discovers underwater volcano in Behm Canal near Misty Fiords National Monument

By Leila Kheiry - KRBD, Ketchikan
Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:50 am
Category: Recent News, Science & Technology

About 10,000 years ago, give or take a couple thousand years, a volcano blew its top in the middle of Behm Canal. The crater is still there, covered by 150 feet or so of ocean. But when the volcano exploded many thousands of years ago, it was not underwater. That’s what makes it so interesting.

Well, that and the fact that nobody currently living knew it was even there until just a few weeks ago.

U.S. Forest Service Geologist Jim Baichtal, who is based on Prince of Wales Island, and Anchorage geologist Sue Karl were looking at some hydrographic surveys, something geologists tend to do.....

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