Volcanic Landforms

Mayon is a stratovolcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Photograph copyrighted and provided by Steve O'Meara of Volcano Watch International.

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Most volcanoes can be classified within a small number of features. These features are relatively easy to recognize and reflect how the feature formed and, in some cases, the tectonic setting of the volcano. The most common types of volcanic landfor ms are: shield volcanoes, stratovolcanoes, cinder cones, volcanic domes, volcanic spines, and lava plains.

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