The Volcanoes of the Island of Hawaii


Landsat image of the Island of Hawaii, January 7, 1978, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.


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Background

The subaerial (under air, above sea level) portion of the Island of Hawaii is made of five volcanoes. From oldest to youngest, they are Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. Each volcano can be recognized by its size, shape, and physical features. Two other volcanoes, Mahukona and Loihi, add to the submarine base of the island.



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