Did You Know About This Forbidden Island?
This island is located in Iceland. The Island of Surtsey was created in 1963 by a volcano eruption. The volcanic eruption lasted for three years forming the island. However, this island is off-limits to the public. Only a number of scientists are allowed anywhere near the island.
Researchers are observing what happens to island if it is left untouched. This way the scientists can observe what happens to the ecosystem without any human involvement. Therefore, Surtsey is a forbidden island.
Surprisingly out of nowhere, a tomato plant started growing on the Surtsey Island. Researchers who were allowed on the island were strictly prohibited to bring anything with them. They were searched for any kind of contaminants.
But then eventually it came to their knowledge that one of the scientists broke the rules and pooped on the island, causing contaminants to spread on the land.
The plant was then quickly removed to preserve the ongoing research. Soon enough, other kinds of plants started to grow on the island. Over time, 69 different plants have grown on Surtsey, 30 of which are now established.
Birds have also begun to inhabit the island, including groups of gulls, fulmar, and puffins. There are now 12 bird species on the island. As well, as expected, marine life, such as seals, have made it to the shores of Surtsey.
But due to erosion, Surtsey is shrinking. Scientists predict that it won’t be until approximately the year 2100 that Surtsey will be at or below sea level.