shield volcano


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shield volcano

n.
A volcano composed of gently sloping sheets of basaltic lava from successive volcanic eruptions.

shield volcano

n
(Geological Science) a broad volcano built up from the repeated nonexplosive eruption of basalt to form a low dome or shield, usually having a large caldera at the summit
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The worst failure of categorization is Masaya volcano, an active shield volcano that has erupted from several vents described as craters.
Beneath those clouds, the soft sands of Maui's beaches will soon be beckoning to tourists; above the clouds soars 10,023-foot Haleakala, a dormant shield volcano comprising most of the island.
They are all headed to the same place at the same time: the summit of Haleakala--the mighty shield volcano that makes up the east side of the island of Maui--to witness the first, brilliant appearance of dawn.
Mauna Loa in Hawaii, a shield volcano, is one of the world's largest and most active volcanoes.
The lava in a shield volcano is not very viscous, and therefore flows relatively easily.
The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter found the heart-shape on the south of the huge shield volcano Ascraeus Mons which measures approximately 200 meters across, Discovery News reported.
It is a shield volcano (as opposed to stratovolcanoes and caldera volcanoes).
Mauna Loa is an active shield volcano and scientists think that it has been erupting for about 700,000 years.
It is a rare shield volcano, meaning it does not rise to a dramatic caldera as most of us envision them to be, but rather, it is a molten bubbling lava lake at only 600 feet in elevation.
When Nyiragongo's sister peak, Nyamuragira--the equally active but less feared shield volcano 13 kilometres to the north--began throwing incandescent fountains of lava 300 metres into the air last November, the national park charged tourists US$300 a time to spend the night in a tented camp set up nearby.
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea is a shield volcano.
FIGURE 4 The Olympus Mons shield volcano on Mars with the Hawaiian Islands superimposed for scale.