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Sitting atop a hot spot, the 14,300-foot-high undersea volcano Vailulu?u eventually may become the next island in the Samoan chain.

Vocal Volcano?

Rising 4,360 meters (14,300 feet) from the seafloor off Samoa, Vailulu'u looks like an underwater version of Mount Fuji. (Courtesy Stan Hart, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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