The Great Mauna Loa Volcano

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The Great Mauna Loa

Seagulls flying in the sky on top of the golden sandy beach. Palm trees stand tall and strong. This is Hawaii, home to the great Mauna Loa. Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth. It is also one of the five volcanoes that created the beautiful island known as Hawaii. This shield volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world! The name Mauna Loa means “Long Mountain” in Hawaiian. Whenever this giant volcano erupts, it's usually extremely hazardous, threatening its surroundings. Mauna Loa may be very large and dangerous, but it is quite fascinating!

What Type of Volcano is Mauna Loa? According to, the great Mauna Loa is a basaltic …show more content…

According to Christine Webster, the author of “Natural Wonders: Mauna Loa”, 98% of Mauna Loa’s surface is hardened lava flows that are less than 10,000 years old! Another fact from is that Mauna Loa pumps 12 million cubic meters of lava per day, which is a giant amount! Something else that is important to know is that over the past 3,000 years, Mauna Loa erupted every six years! Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since 1843! Even though the Mauna Loa is extremely active, and can cause lots of damage, the beauty of this volcano attracts many visitors from all around the …show more content…

Right next to you is one of Hawaii’s famous coconuts. You are at a beach in Hawaii. This is the home of the great Mauna Loa. Next time you visit Hawaii, be sure to check out this magnificent volcano.


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