The Largest Volcano on Earth Discovered Beneath the Pacific Ocean

Posted: September 13, 2013  |  By: PBS

Covering an area the size of New Mexico, the underwater brobdingnagian Tamu Massif is by far the largest single volcano on earth -- and rivals some of the giant volcanoes in our solar system.

Roughly 1,000 miles off the eastern coast of Japan, the Pacific Northwest is home to the giant Tamu Massif. Previously thought to be an area with lots of eruption points rather than just one, core samples and other evidence have confirmed that Tamu Massif erupted from a single, central source.

"We knew it was big, but we had no idea it was one large volcano," wrote Will Sager of the University of Houston in the journal Nature Geoscience, outlining the discovery. "Its shape is different from any other submarine volcano found on Earth, and it's very possible it can give us some clues about how massive volcanoes can form."

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