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Deciphering the Mysteries of an Ancient Seafloor Goliath
April 12, 2010
"Supervolcanoes" have been blamed for multiple mass extinctions in Earth's history, but the cause of these massive eruptions remains poorly understood. To explore the origins of these seafloor giants, scientists drilled into a large, 145-million-year-old volcanic mountain chain lying underwater off the coast of Japan.
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International
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