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Posted: Sep 06, 2013 1:44 PM AST Updated: Sep 05, 2014 1:44 PM AST
By Tammie Souza, FOX 32 News Weekend Meteorologist
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
Scientists believe they have found the largest volcano on Earth, but to see it you'll need a scuba mask rather than binoculars. That's because it is submerged in the Pacific Ocean.
Researchers in the Journal Nature Geoscience say the giant volcano known as Tamu Massif is bigger than the state of New Mexico. It measures 400 miles wide and 2.5 miles high and until now its short, wide shape had kept it hidden within an oceanic plateau in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Geologists at the University of Houston estimate Tamu Massif is only 25% smaller than the largest volcano in our solar system which is Olympus Mons on the planet Mars.