West Mata Volcano is in the northeast Lau Basin.

West Mata volcano is in the northeast Lau Basin. The Lau Basin is located in the southwest Pacific, within an area bounded by Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji (shown in black, these are the only areas above water). There are many submarine volcanoes in this area, but very few have been explored. Map courtesy of NOAA.

Related Links

Northeast Lau Response Cruise 2009: Mission Summary

NOAA Ocean Explorer Gallery

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