Learn about underwater volcanoes and the discovery of the erupting deep-ocean volcano West Mata with this video from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The video includes a visualization of the ocean floor as well as footage that captured the volcanic eruption. The West Mata volcano is part of a chain of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean called the Ring of Fire.
To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this video, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.