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Welcome to Surtsey - One of the World's Newest Islands

 The island of Surtsey emerged from the depths off the coast of Iceland back in 1963 following a volcanic eruption that lasted no less than three years. Anyone other than a couple of scientists at a time is forbidden from landing on the island, and this is because scientists want to study it in order to see how a brand-new ecosystem evolves without human interference. Discover one of the world's newest islands below: 
 
1. Surtsey was formed off the coast of Iceland in 1963. 
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2. It emerged from the depths after a three-year-long volcanic eruption. 
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3. No-one is permitted to land on the island so that it remains untouched. 
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4. Surtsey is used by scientists to understand how an ecosystem forms from scratch. 
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5. Just a couple of scientists are allowed on the island. 
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6. Even the scientists are carefully checked to ensure they don't accidentally bring foreign seeds onto the island. 
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7. A tomato was once spotted growing on Surtsey. It turns out that someone took a "number two" outdoors... 
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8. The tomato was immediately removed so it wouldn't disturb scientific research. 
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9. One of the first native plants to appear on the island was moss. 
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10. Fulmar and guillemot bird species were the first to inhabit the island. 
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BONUS - Discover some more places that are off-limits: 

 

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