Pumice by onewing

Pumice

This photo in itself doesn't seem terribly exciting, but the story attached to it is, in my opinion, quite interesting.

Last week while I was walking along Fingal Beach taking photos during our terrific stormy weather I spotted lots of pumice washed up on the beach. I brought a few pieces home with me and when I showed them to David he looked on the Internet to see if he could find where it came from.

He discovered that during August 2019 an underwater volcano erupted off the coast of Tonga and since then a mass of pumice 150 square kilometres in diameter has been drifting towards Australia.

The following clip was posted on YouTube last September and since then the pumice has has been floating down the east coast of Australia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE85OIY3VzI

The underwater volcano erupted 50 kilometres northwest of the Tongan island of Vava'u is simply known as 'Volcano F'

Thanks so much for putting yesterday's Help! photo on the TP and the PP. It is my birthday today so what a lovely surprise when I got up this morning to see it on the PP.

We are going out to a friend's house for dinner tonight so won't be able to catch up until tomorrow.
Happy Birthday Babs, hope you have a wonderful evening out and your friends spoil you! Lovely shot of your beach findings and very interesting info. Amazing what happened and how far it came :-)
August 4th, 2020  
An interesting story about the pumice. Have a lovely birthday dinner.
August 4th, 2020  
Well, firstly a very happy birthday to you! I loved the story of the pumice - how very interesting. I hope you've been using them in the bath to ensure your feet are in pristine condition! I can't bear the feel of pumice stone on my feet, it's just too tickly. I wonder if people actually still do that?
August 4th, 2020  
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, gorgeous lady!
And I absolutely love your story here. I was wondering where you were going to have found a volcano to produce that - fabulous tale.
August 4th, 2020  
@jamibann I do!
August 4th, 2020  
Oh my, Happy Birthday Babs. One of my daughters turns 60 today, and a grandson 28. What a day. As we are in strict lockdown, Elise will have great stories about the on line love going her way.
Love your post and the story.
August 4th, 2020  
@casablanca :-) Not too tickly then?!
August 4th, 2020  
Happy Birthday Babs - another year , but who's counting - ha ! have great day and a lovely evening with your friends . Amazing how this light and porous stone has floated its way to Australia ! Brings back memories of childhood and the pumice stone to rub the hard skin off the feet !
August 4th, 2020  
Happy Birthday! Love the story about the origin of the pumice. I always think of pumice as helping to get my hands very clean as they put ground pumice in some industrial soaps. I'll bet your hands were clean after handling these. ;-)
August 4th, 2020  
@jamibann Not fond of it but when the skin on my heels start to crack and get painful, I take the plunge and use it in the bath. The water helps reduce the tickle!!
August 4th, 2020  
Happy Happy Birthday Babs .enjoy your dinner with friends....such.an interesting article.
August 4th, 2020  
You do know this is good for rubbing off the hard skin on your heels? That is, if you can bend that far!
August 4th, 2020  
That is amazing.. our local coastal beach sometimes is covered with pumice but other times has very little..
Have a very happy birthday.. ๐ŸŽ‚
August 4th, 2020  
Wow what a find and interesting story Babs, watched the clip, lets hope it will bring back life to the white coral areas on the barrier reef:)
August 4th, 2020  
Fascinating narrative thank you. Enjoy YOUR day xx
August 4th, 2020  
that was so interesting - happy birthday too!
August 4th, 2020  
Happy happy birthday Babs ๐Ÿ’

This is an interesting story indeed, your feet will be looking good with that lot!
August 4th, 2020  
Ooh how cool is this! What a fascinating thing to discover.
Wishing you a BIG happy birthday, have a lovely day ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿท
August 4th, 2020  
Lovely clear capture of these pumice stones that really stand out on the black background. A very interesting narrative to complement your picture. A happy birthday to you and may you have a wonderful day.
August 4th, 2020  
Well isnโ€™t that something? I would love to find pumice on the shore! Happy birthday! ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆ I hope you have a beautiful day!
August 4th, 2020  
Very Interesting! Happy birthday and enjoy your day ๐Ÿฐ
August 4th, 2020  
Great find for a great story. Happy birthday.
August 4th, 2020  
Fab detail clearly shows that it is pumice. Very interesting description of how it got to where it did. Thank you.

Hope you're having the BEST birthday!
August 4th, 2020  
Happy birthday Babs, hope you enjoy your special day.
Very interesting to read about the pumice stone, you'll have no problem getting smooth feet now!
August 4th, 2020  
Happy Birthday Babs! Great find and interesting stoty.
August 4th, 2020  
Happy birthday Babs. Interesting story.
August 4th, 2020  
Happy birthday! I really enjoyed the story about the pumice - very interesting.
August 4th, 2020  
My best wishes for a Happy Birthday and have fun tonight, your discovery on the pumice stone is very interesting..thanks
August 4th, 2020  
Cool shot and a terrific explanation to go with it. So interesting.
Happy Birthday, Babs!
August 4th, 2020  
Great textures and happy birthday from me too!
August 4th, 2020  
Thank you for the pumice story and happy birthday.
August 4th, 2020  
Happy Happy Birthday... hope you have a wonderful dinner with your friends .
August 4th, 2020  
Have a wonderful birthday and meal Babs. The pumice story is very interesting and encouraging.
August 4th, 2020  
Interesting story and beautiful photo. Happy birthday!
August 4th, 2020  
Interesting story about these little pieces. Thanks for sharing that. And a Happy Birthday from me as well.
August 4th, 2020  
I love pumice stone, Iโ€™m always surprised how very light it is...loads of it in NZ! Nearly missed seeing it was your birthday Babs! A very happy birthday....have a wonderful evening! Much love Xxxxx๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‚
August 4th, 2020  
Nice against the black.
August 4th, 2020  
Bep
A very happy birthday, Babs! Interesting story.
August 4th, 2020  
Well happy birthday! Very interesting story
August 4th, 2020  
Happy Birthday, Babs! Interesting story...
August 4th, 2020  
Great shot and interresting tale. Very impressing.
Those stones we use in former day`s by painting a subject in the first paint.
August 4th, 2020  
Happy Birthday Babs!
Great discovery!
August 4th, 2020  
May you have the best of Birthdays! Very interesting story about the water logged pumice.
August 5th, 2020  
@ludwigsdiana @dide @jamibann @casablanca @ethelperry @beryl @stray_shooter @happysnaps @maggiemae @pcoulson @30pics4jackiesdiamond @koalagardens @kjarn @pattyblue @sangwann @louannwarren @lyndamcg @k9photo @tinley23 @inthecloud5 @haskar @gosia @ingrid01 @santina @mittens @cmp @tunia @lesip @craftymeg @lilh @lyndemc @carole_sandford @gijsje @samae @seattlite @pyrrhula @radiogirl @joysabin Thanks, sorry for the group reply, but I am on catch up today after being out at a friends house for my birthday yesterday.
Glad you found the story of the pumice interesting. I went back to Fingal yesterday and very little pumice there now. Maybe it has either floated off somewhere else or locals have picked it off the beach. I guess if that is the case there will be lots of smooth legs and feet in Port Stephens now, ha ha.
I have pumice in the bathroom and use it when my legs get dry and I have hard skin on my heels.

@julzmaioro @happypat Maybe the pumice from Tonga has floated down to New Zealand, could be on the same ocean current. I don't know if White Island in New Zealand spits out pumice, so if it does maybe the pumice on New Zealand beaches comes from there.
August 5th, 2020  
Thatโ€™s so interesting, what a find! And happy ( by now belated) birthday.
August 5th, 2020  
Pumice has so many uses! I clean toilet rings with it!
Happiest of Birthdays! Hope itโ€™s a fun one!
August 5th, 2020  
Happy Birthday to you! Such an interesting story on the pumice!
August 5th, 2020  
@onewing I think NZ has lots of pumice because itโ€™s volcanic...itโ€™s always been there as far as I know.
August 5th, 2020  
Happy Birthday!
August 5th, 2020  
Happy Belated Birthday Babs, hope you had a wonderful time. Also interesting story with the Pumice.
August 5th, 2020  
Cool story about the pumice- my grandson is becoming very interested in rocks at the moment. He would love this story- and these rocks!

Happy Belated birthday greetings- I'm glad the day turned as lovely as you'd hoped! Wishing you a year full of great shots and friends to share them with.
August 6th, 2020  
Neat find, photo and story! And happy day!
August 6th, 2020  
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