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Definition: Mauna Loa from Philip's Encyclopedia

Volcano in central Hawaii, USA. The second highest active volcano in the world, Mauna Loa has many craters: Kilauea is the largest and Mokuaweoweo is at the summit. The greatest eruption was in 1881, with others in 1942, 1949, 1975 and 1984. Height: 4,169m (13,678ft).


Summary Article: Mauna Loa from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Active volcano on the Pacific island of Hawaii, rising to a height of 4,169 m/13,678 ft. Its summit is 17,000 m/56,000 ft from its base on the ocean floor, making it the world's biggest volcano. It has numerous craters, including the second-largest active crater in the world. Since the early 19th century there have been lava flows from the crater covering about half the island of Hawaii; averaging one eruption every 31/2 years, it is considered an effusive, rather than an explosive, volcano, with eruptions along fissures in its flank as well as in its central crater.

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