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Largest volcano on earth found

  • A group of scientists have found a 140 million years old volcano about 1,000 miles east of Japan. The underwater volcano called Tamu Massif is approximately the size of the state of New Mexico and is one of the largest in the solar system. 

    The shape and size of Tamu Massif, which covers an area of around 120,000 square miles is different from any other volcano ever to be located underwater. 

    Professor William Sager said "it's very possible it can give us some clues about how massive volcanoes can form."

    Tamu Massif had become inactive only a few million years after its formation. 

    The massive volcano has been named in honor of Texas A&M University. Sager had worked there for nearly three decades before moving to Houston. Tamu is an abbreviation for the university and Massif means "massive" in French and is also a scientific name for a large mass of mountain. 

    Tagged as: Tamu Massif, Large volcano, Japan, World News