In an age where exploration is a term that is applied to the furthest reaches of space or at the molecular and sub-atomic levels, some are surprised to learn that much of the planet earth visible to the naked eye is still left unexplored. In recent weeks, the University of Houston announced that it has helped us learn more about the shape and scope of our world, announcing the discovery of the largest known volcano in the solar system, but right here at home. A team of scientists, led by Professor William Sager discovered an enormous underwater volcano about 1,000 miles east of Japan. Named Tamu Massif, the volcano covers an area approximately 120,000 square miles in size, roughly equivalent to the State of New Mexico. For more information about the discovery, please see the following article: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/06/world/biggest-volcano/index.html?hpt=hp_t3.