Scientists say life will emerge on new volcanic island
The volcanic eruption that formed a small island about 600 miles off the coast of Japan is still going on, but researchers are already making predictions about the life that will form there.
Lava began to spew in late 2013 and within months created a land mass that went on to engulf a neighboring one.
Upon consuming the other island it also took on its name – Nishinoshima.
Before it was overwhelmed, the old Nishinoshima was home to a number of bird colonies, which fled when the situation took a dramatic turn.
They, and others like them, will be instrumental in the formation of the new ecosystem.
According to Naoki Kachi, professor and leader of the research committee at Tokyo Metropolitan University, the vomit and excrement of animals visiting it will be instrumental in the spawning of life.
It will serve as the foundation for the development of nutrient-rich soil.
Once vegetation has a suitable growing environment, what's carried to the island by the wind and the ocean will begin to thrive.
It's not predicted that the process will be swift, however, given Nishinoshima's great distance from neighboring lands.
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