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Terrestrial Climate
Mauna Loa
08/11/11

 

Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on our planet. Its long submarine flanks descend to the sea floor an additional 5 km, and the sea floor in turn is depressed by Mauna Loa's great mass another 8 km. This makes the volcano's summit about 17 km (56,000 ft) above its base! The enormous volcano covers half of the Island of Hawai`i. Photograph by J.D. Griggs on January 10, 1985. Credit: USGS

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