slashmojo writes that while some islands are sinking
, last August another rose from the ocean
, formed by volcanic activity and caught in the act by a passing yacht. From the article: "What looked like a brown stain on the South Pacific turned out to be a spectacular drift of floating pumice stones stretching more than 16 km — and an indication an island was being born nearby... 'We are getting emails from volcanologists saying this is so rare.'"
Here is the blog post of the yachtsman who photographed the nascent island