Near Volcano in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
The summit of Mauna Loa stands 20 miles ahead of you, reaching an elevation of 13,677 feet above sea level and more that 31,000 feet above the ocean floor. With a volume of 10,000 cubic miles, Mauna Loa is the largest mountain on Earth.
The volcano's great mass is being built by successive flows of hot molten rock, or lava. The thickness of an individual lava flow averages 12 feet. Mauna Loa is classified as a shield volcano, a volcano with gently-sloping sides resembling a warriors's shield overturned. Kilauea, the volcano you are now standing on, is also a shield volcano.
It has taken hundreds of centuries and countless eruptions for Mauna Loa to reach its present size. During the last 100 years , the volcano has erupted more than 18 times, The next eruption could occur at any time.
Erected by National Park Service, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Location. 19° 25.188′ N, 155° 17.292′ W. Marker is near Volcano, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Crater Rim Drive near Mauna Loa Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Volcano HI 96785, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least Explosive eruptions rock Kīlauea volcano (approx. 0.4 miles away); The "Firepit" of Halema'uma'u (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Volcano House reigns as one of America's great lodges (approx. 2.1 miles away); The 'Ōhi'a Wing will soon be home to the park's collection of artwork and artifacts (approx. 2.1 miles away); Kilauea (approx. 2.1 miles away); Countless are the Accomplishments of Roosevelt's Trusty "Tree Army" (approx. 2.1 miles away); Once in their lifetime, silverswords erupt in flowers (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Volcano.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Jaggar Museum and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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