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    Japan's Newest Island Triples in Size

    By By Brian Clark Howard for National Geographic
    January 06, 2014, 8:43:19 AM EST

    The following is an excerpt from National Geographic:


    Japan's newest island now has a name, Niijima, and it continues to grow.

    The small volcanic island sits about 600 miles (970 kilometers) south of Tokyo, offshore of a small, uninhabited island called Nishino Shima. Located in Japanese waters, the newborn island is now one of about 30 known as the Bonin Islands, or the Ogasawara chain.

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