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, 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, 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, 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, 16 Aug. 2019 On land, this is generally how shield volcanoes form. William W. Sager, Scientific American, 1 May 2020 Often these volcanoes are a type of long, sloping volcano called a shield volcano. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 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, 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, 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 28 Oct. 2021.

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