One Of Hawaii’s Newest Islands Has Just Disappeared

One of Hawaii’s newest landforms have vanished just as quickly as it appeared.

A small island composed of cooled molten lava was spotted off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island on July 13 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The island was small – just about 30 feet across – and was still partially molten.

Just a few days later on July 15, the USGS reported that the tiny island had become connected to main island by a trip of lava.

Scientists has conjectured that the island is a “submarine tumulus,” or a landmass that first forms underwater and grows until it breaks the surface of the waves.

Though the new landform will likely be washed away into the sea, locals will be able to name the area if it survives the eruption.