Shatsky Rise

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Location of Shatsky Rise

The Shatsky Rise is an oceanic plateau southeast of Japan.[1] It lies on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.[1]

It includes what may be the largest volcano yet discovered on Earth, the Tamu Massif.[2] The Rise and its volcanics may have formed during the Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous epochs. It is at the triple junction of three tectonic plates.[3] These are the Pacific, the Farallon, and the Izanagi.[3]

It was named after Nikolay Shatsky (1895-1960), a Soviet geologist. He was an expert in tectonics of ancient platforms.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Myslewski, Rik (2013). "The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth". The Register.
  2. Sager, William W. (2006). "An immense shield volcano within the Shatsky Rise oceanic plateau, northwest Pacific Ocean". Nature GeoScience. 6 (11): 976–981. doi:10.1038/ngeo1934.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sager, William W. (2005). "What built Shatsky Rise, a mantle plume or ridge tectonics?". Special Papers. GSA. 388: 721–733. doi:10.1130/0-8137-2388-4.721. ISBN 9780813723884.