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Earth’s Largest Volcano Named After The Aggies

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PACIFIC OCEAN (CBSDFW.COM) – The world’s largest volcano now bears the name of Texas A&M. A team of researchers from A&M and the University of Houston and oceanographer William Sager discovered the volcano spanning an area of around 120,000 square miles at a location about 1,000 miles southeast of Japan.

3-D map of the Tamu Massif. (credit: IODP/Texas A&M University)

3-D map of the Tamu Massif. (credit: IODP/Texas A&M University)

It covers about as much ground as New Mexico. The volcano was named “Tamu Massif,” which is a combination of an abbreviation for A&M and the French word for massive.

The 145 million year old volcano isn’t active anymore. It sits at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 miles east of Japan.

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