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New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest In the World 105

An anonymous reader writes "If you're a fan of gigantic volcanoes you'll be happy to know that the biggest volcano on Earth, and one of the biggest in the solar system, has just been discovered under the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 miles east of Japan. From the article: 'Called Tamu Massif, the giant shield volcano had been thought to be a composite of smaller structures, but now scientists say they must rethink long-held beliefs about marine geology. "This finding goes against what we thought, because we found that it's one huge volcano," said William Sager, a geology professor at the University of Houston in Texas. Sager is lead author in a study about the find that was published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Geoscience. "It is in the same league as Olympus Mons on Mars, which had been considered to be the largest volcano in the solar system," Sager told National Geographic.'"
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New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest In the World

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  • Re:Yep (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sFurbo ( 1361249 ) on Friday September 06, 2013 @04:13AM (#44772713)
    There is, but this is not a case of that: The massif was known, the new part is that it is not multiple volcanoes, but one.
  • by Safety Cap ( 253500 ) on Friday September 06, 2013 @08:55AM (#44773769) Homepage Journal

    That's exactly how science is supposed to work.

    The master said it best:

    The young specialist in English Lit, having quoted me, went on to lecture me severely on the fact that in every century people have thought they understood the universe at last, and in every century they were proved to be wrong. It follows that the one thing we can say about our modern "knowledge" is that it is wrong.

    My answer to him was, "John, when people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together."
    — Issac Asimov, The relativity of wrong [tufts.edu]

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"