shield volcano


Definition of shield volcano

: a broad rounded volcano that is built up by successive outpourings of very fluid lava — see volcano illustration

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Recent Examples on the Web Kīlauea, a 4,091-foot-tall shield volcano, is located on the southeastern side of the island of Hawai’i. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "NASA Photos Reveal a Lake of Water—Not Lava—on Kīlauea Volcano," 20 May 2020 In a separate project, scientists recently identified the world’s largest shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, which is barely visible above the waters of the Pacific. Fox News, "Underground 'structures' discovered near Earth’s core, surprising scientists," 16 June 2020 Scientists have identified the world’s largest shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, which is barely visible above the waters of the Pacific. Fox News, "Earth's largest shield volcano revealed in the Hawaiian Islands," 15 May 2020 This simmering cauldron atop one of the five shield volcanoes that form the Big Island of Hawaii has inspired ritual and reverence for generations. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 On land, this is generally how shield volcanoes form. William W. Sager, Scientific American, "Giant Volcano Rewrites the Story of Seafloor Formation," 1 May 2020 Often these volcanoes are a type of long, sloping volcano called a shield volcano. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Volcano Eruptions," 18 Nov. 2019 The western slope rises slowly toward the summit of Ok, a low shield volcano shrouded in mist. Lacy M. Johnson, The New Yorker, "How to Mourn a Glacier," 17 Oct. 2016 Every nine months, on average, Réunion’s shield volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, puts on an amazing show of pyrotechnics. Katie Knorovsky, National Geographic, "Discover the best places to witness the wonder of volcanoes," 23 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of shield volcano

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Shield volcano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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