Mauna Loa

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Mauna Loa was releasing lava in 1984

Mauna Loa is an active volcano in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States.

Size[change | change source]

The volcano is at least 18,000 cubic miles (75,000 km3) in volume[1] and over 4 kilometers above sea level. Measured from its base on the ocean floor it reaches above 8 kilometers making it the tallest mountain on Earth, but not the highest. That distinction is reserved for Mount Everest.

Measured from sea level Mauna Loa is 4,169 meters high.[2] It is also one of the largest volcanoes measuring 60 miles long and 30 miles wide.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kaye, G.D. (2002). "Using GIS to estimate the total volume of Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii" in Geological Society of America. 98th Annual Meeting . 
  2. Kaye, G.D. "Using GIS to estimate the total volume of Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii," Geological Society of America, 98th Annual Meeting; retrieved 2012-6-18.