The Mountain Environment

by Mandy Barrow

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What is the largest Active Volcano?

The world's largest, active volcano is Mauna Loa.

Did you know?

The largest volcano (and mountain) in our Solar System is Olympus Mons on the planet Mars. The volcano is 17 miles (27 km) tall and over 320 miles (520 km) across.


volcano Where is the Mauna Loa?

Mauna Loa is one of five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.

volcano How tall is Mauna Loa?

Mauna Loa is 4,170 m (13,680 ft. - approx 6 miles) above sea level. From its base below sea level to its summit, Mauna Loa is taller than Mount Everest.

Mauna Loa also has the greatest volume of any volcano, estimated to be 10,200 cubic miles (42,500 cubic kilometers).

At 60 miles long and 30 miles wide, it makes up half of the entire island.


Mauna Loa is about 36 m (120 ft) lower than its neighbour, Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea's summit rises to an elevation of 4205m above sea level. Ma

volcano What type of volcano is Mauna Loa?

Mauna Loa is the world's largest shield volcano, a gently sloping mountain produced from a large number of generally very fluid lava flows.

volcano Is Mauna Loa an active volcano?

Yes, Mauna Loa is among Earth's most active volcanoes. It has erupted 33 times since 1843. Its most recent eruption occurred from March 24, 1984, to April 15, 1984.

Mauna Loa has probably been erupting for at least 100,000 years.

volcano What does Mauna Loa mean?

The Hawaiian name "Mauna Loa" means "Long Mountain." This name is apt, for the subaerial part of Mauna Loa extends for about 120 km from the southern tip of the island to the summit caldera and then east-northeast to the coastline near Hilo.

Did you know?

Hawaii was formed by 5 volcanoes. Mauna Loa, and Kilauea are the only active volcanoes.



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