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Press Release 13-152

Scientists confirm existence of largest single volcano on Earth

Massive underwater shield volcano rivals biggest in solar system

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Seafloor 3-D image showing size and shape of Tamu Massif

Seafloor 3-D image shows size and shape of Tamu Massif, Earth's largest single volcano.

Credit: Will Sager


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Map showing sites drilled by scientists aboard the JOIDES Resolution on Expedition 324/Shatsky Rise.

Sites drilled by scientists aboard the JOIDES Resolution on Expedition 324/Shatsky Rise.

Credit: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program


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Geoscientists  inspect a core sample

Geoscientist Will Sager, left/center, waits to inspect a core sample drilled on Expedition 324.

Credit: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program


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Researcher Margaret Hastedt labels pieces of core collected during Expedition 324.

Researcher Margaret Hastedt labels pieces of core collected during Expedition 324.

Credit: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program


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Image if Olympus Mons, a large shield volcano on the planet Mars.

Olympus Mons (Latin for Mount Olympus) is a large shield volcano on the planet Mars.

Credit: NASA


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Aerial view of Mauna Loa volcano

Mauna Loa has been called the largest volcano on Earth in volume and area covered.

Credit: USGS


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