Science: Birth of an Island

Homeward bound to Los Angeles, the S.S. Bright Star was leaving the northern reach of the Philippines when the watch saw dense white clouds of smoke bursting out of the bosom of the Pacific. The Bright Star's skipper reported to Manila that an underwater volcano seemed to be erupting in the vicinity of Didicas Rocks, uninhabited islets some 70 miles off the coast of Luzon.

A U.S. Air Force plane took off from Clark Field last week with a group of newsmen. From a distance, the flyers could spot a towering column of smoke and steam that cut through the haze like...

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