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Earth's largest volcano – and possibly the second largest volcano in the Solar System – has been discovered hiding deep beneath the waves about 1,000 miles east of Japan. How large is "largest"? According to a paper published in Nature Geoscience, the "immense shield volcano" spans about 120,000 square miles, making it equal in …

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"120,000 square miles, making it equal in size to the British Isles – which, for you stateside readers who may be unfamiliar with that geographical designation, encompasses both Great Britain and Ireland"

Or in American Standard units, The Size of New Mexico.

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"Or in American Standard units, The Size of New Mexico."

But what's that in football fields?

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Proper football fields or American football fields?

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But I thought the accepted international standard of area measurement was the Belgium...?

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Which would make Tamu Massif about 4 Belgiums. Ah, now I understand.

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For reference the units of area are as follows

Imperial - Wales

US Standard - Rhode Island

Metric/SI - Belgium

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More exactly...

10.1807 Belgium, according to El Reg Online Standards Converter ( cf http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html)

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So about 15 billion NanoWales, I see it now.

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Making it almost exactly 99 Rhode Islands.

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Did the author just get out of a Delorian? Since when has depth been measured in feet again?!

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"Since when has depth been measured in feet again?!"

Since Obama said so.

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"Did the author just get out of a Delorian? Since when has depth been measured in feet again?!"

Since we stopped using dumbed-down French units that are unsuited and awkward for everyday experience?

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@ Kimo

"120,000 square miles, making it equal in size to the British Isles – which, for you stateside readers who may be unfamiliar with that geographical designation, encompasses both Great Britain and Ireland"

Or in American Standard units, The Size of New Mexico.

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Or a relatively small Texas cattle ranch.

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Since about as long ago as we measure distance in miles.

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I still have no idea how big this thing is

Can someone translate it into Tasmanias?

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Re: I still have no idea how big this thing is

@ Can someone translate it into Tasmanias?

Sure: about 4.5 Tasmanias.

You're welcome.

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East?

Isn't that West of Japan?

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Only if you go the long way.

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It's west of Hawaii.

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Goin' downtown

145 million years is quite old for an oceanic plate feature. Usually they don't get past 100 mil or so before being gobbled at a plate boundary. This volcano must have been riding the pacific plate a very long distance, but the End is Near. The plate in that area is currently and firmly headed northwest, surrounded in front and to the sides by hungry subduction zones. Ain't nowhere to go but down, this time!

Pretty big pill to swallow, tho.

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And when it goes down there will probably be a bit of shaking in Japan. But on the bright side, Fukushima will probably be decommissioned by then, we hope.

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It might not be subducted because of its thickness. The plate might refuse to buckle and subduct in which case the Tamu Massif will either be accreted on to the edge of the Eurasian plate as an exotic terrane (such as has happened with a similarly thickened section of oceanic crust in Colombia), or it will be obducted on to the continental plate as an ophiolite (Troodos in Cyprus, much of Oman and the UK's very own Lizard).

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Or maybe the plates could just get 'stuck'?

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Hidden in plain site

Amazing what we're still discovering, so close to home.

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So if you want to win, hire a Finn, if you want the biggest hire a Texan?

Title says it all really.

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A-ha!

Either the lair of Godzilla or the position of Second Impact.

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Or R'lyeh...

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Second Impact was supposed to be in Antarctica!

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> Second Impact was supposed to be in Antarctica!

Anno just adapted that for more dramatic effect.

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Named by Sasha Barron-Cohen?

Clearly a nod toward his Staines Massif

I believe the correct response is "BOOM"

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Re: Named by Sasha Barron-Cohen?

Bugger - beat me to it..

:-)

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But iz it bigga dan da Staines Massive?

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Council estate rumble: East & West Staines Massif to take on Tamu Massif.

I'll get me coat..

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New Island

How long before Russia discovers an underwater land-bridge to it.

Just in case.

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British Isles?

Last time I checked, the Republic of Ireland (Southern Ireland) was independent of Britain, and doesn't fall under the term "British Isles".

Where did you learn Geography? From some Victorian book saying the world was flat I bet.

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Last time I checked, the Republic of Ireland (Southern Ireland) was independent of Britain, and doesn't fall under the term "British Isles".

You must have checked in the Big Retard's Book of Geography then. Geography has very little to do with politics.

The British Isles are a group of islands off the north-western coast of continental Europe that include the islands of Great Britain, Ireland and over six thousand smaller isles

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>You must have checked in the Big Retard's Book of Geography then.

I dunno it must be Friday or sumfink. I'm still sniggering about that comment.

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However, the association between the word "British" and the United Kingdom[2] causes use of the term to be regarded as implying appropriation or overlordship of Ireland by Britain.[3][4][5][6][7] Alternative terms include "Britain and Ireland",[3][8] "Atlantic Archipelago",[9] "Anglo-Celtic Isles",[10][11] the "British-Irish Isles" and the Islands of the North Atlantic.[12] In documents drawn up jointly between the British and Irish governments, the archipelago is referred to simply as "these islands".[13]

There is a slight controversy among more enthusiastic Hibernophiles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Isles_naming_dispute

Personally I don't have a problem as British != UK and British != English.

Little Briton is in France (Brittany) and most of the real Britons are the Celts in Wales and Cornwall as successive Angles, Saxons and Normans chased them out of England. Actually it's a mystery as to why the UK doesn't speak Dutch, seeing as the last "conqueror" was from there. Though he was actually invited and perversely the Politicians in London were upset when he threatened to take his army away... Sort of the opposite of the usual.

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"Actually it's a mystery as to why the UK doesn't speak Dutch"

Not to me, I've been to NL. Everyone there speaks at least one other language fluently, it's their ticket out of there.

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See here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNu8XDBSn10

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@wolfetone - Last time I checked, it was not correct to use the term "The Republic of Ireland" to refer to the 26 county state. The name of the state that is fecked up governed from Dublin is just Ireland; a name that is now accepted by the government of The United Knigdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

It's a bit of reciprocal arrangement where they each agreed to call the other by their chosen names.

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Re: British Isles? Wow, you managed to fail both Geography and History in two sentences!

“Last time I checked, the Republic of Ireland (Southern Ireland) was independent of Britain, and doesn't fall under the term "British Isles".

Where did you learn Geography? From some Victorian book saying the world was flat I bet”

As pointed out by many, many other people, the Republic of Ireland is part of the Geographic location known as the British Isles , Just like Canada and Mexico are in a place called North America.

As for the last point, the Victorians did not think the world was flat, after all, they had a world wide Empire, you would have thought they would have figured it out.

The Earth not being flat has been taken as fact for many hundreds of years, even Christopher Columbus, knew it was round, but he thought it was smaller than everyone else so if he went west he would get to India quicker than going east over land, as there was nothing but sea between Europe and India.

He was wrong.

And so are you.

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Re: "Actually it's a mystery as to why the UK doesn't speak Dutch"

The Dutch I know prefer English anyway, it sounds nicer to them and is less tongue-twisting than their own language...

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Re: "Actually it's a mystery as to why the UK doesn't speak Dutch"

Thanks for that, Natalie. Gave me a nice giggle, being Dutch an'all

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...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Isles_naming_dispute

I don't think there IS a naming dispute.

Just because someone wants there to be, and creates a Wiki article about it, doesn't make it so....

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I, for one, welcome ...

... the fact that our massive volcano overlord is staying quietly underwater and not doing anything much.

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"As much as we know that anything's dead, this looks dead"

Then leave it alone!

Never poke or make fun of dead things. People that do that are usually the first to die in horror movies.

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Re: "As much as we know that anything's dead, this looks dead"

Or, y'know, those things which do eternal lie, in strange aeons and so on.

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Square miles? Feet

We are in the 21st century and some are still using Imperial Units.... maybe in one century or two will the 51 US States learn to use a civilized system of measurement.

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Re: Square miles? Feet? Rule, Britannia!

After the British defeated the French, for the 14th or 15th time, a proclamation was sent out around the world saying the British Empire had Imperial measurements and they are only for those strong of heart and mind, the world cowered in awe at the fact we managed to rule all the important bits of the world while measuring them in stupid things like Inches, Feet, Yards, and Furlongs, this was the strong of mind, no French man could figure these distances out.

Strong of Heart came from the Imperial Pint, Gallons and Yards of Ale, No French man could drink that much, and our weapons and our men weighed Pounds and Stones, No Frenchman would dare bring something that weighed a few kilograms to a fight against something that was so heavy it was measured in Stones.

Unfortunately because the Yanks sucked up to the French they got rid of Imperial until they realized the French drink beer in small glasses with Peach juice in and had to beg the British to let them use Pints again.

But we said NO, you rejected the British Pint, and for that you will be punished with slightly smaller beer quantities forever! God Save the Queen!

True Story.

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