Boat Owner Wants to Name New Island After His Son

How long does an island have to exist before it deserves a name?
That's the question that's fueling an heated debate around the Pacific island territory of Tonga, which added to its landmass earlier this year when a volcanic island erupted from the ocean floor.
Earth's newest island is only about a mile long and was created after a underwater eruption in January. Scientists aren't even sure it will remain above sea-level, but photos taken by the first three visitors to step on its surface drew world-wide attention last week.
One of the three, charter boat owner Branko Sugar, told NBC News that the new land deserved a name and suggested Zandy, after his son, who was the first person to touch the black volcanic soil.



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