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Mar 17, 2015

Volcanoes for Kids

VO 1 Riana lava cast

Our Volcanoes for Kids pages contain fascinating facts about notorious volcanic eruptions. Learn where and why volcanoes form on our planet. Tamu Massif is a newly discovered giant shield volcano.

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Mar 16, 2015

What are Volcanoes?

VO 10 Mt Washington What are volcanoes

What are volcanoes? Volcanoes are mountains of molten rock that cooled into solid rock. Stratovolcanoes, shield volcanoes, cinder cones and lava domes are all examples of volcanoes.

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Mar 15, 2015

Shield Volcanoes

Shield volcanoes form primarily in the oceans. Scientists estimate there are over one million seamounts on the ocean floors. Newberry Caldera, Tamu Massif and Mauna Loa Volcano are shield volcanoes.

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Mar 14, 2015

Composite Volcano

VO12 Composite volcano Mt. St. Helens

Composite volcanoes form in subduction zones when an oceanic plate subducts beneath a continental plate. The volcanoes form steep-sided towering volcanoes on the continental side of subduction zones

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Mar 14, 2015

Mauna Loa Volcano

VO11 Mauna Loa Volcano

Mauna Loa volcano is the second largest volcano on Earth. The true height of Mauna Loa volcano is 56,000 feet (17,170 m). The volcano covers about half the surface of the island of Hawaii.

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