Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii, USA – December 16th, 2008
Two of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui (left) and Hawaii (right) can be seen here.
Hawaii is a state in the United States, located on an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia.
This state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which is made up of hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km).
Mauna Kea, identifiable as a dark brown circular area towards the northern coast Hawaii, is a dormant volcano. Pu’u Wekiu, one of numerous cinder cones on the summit plateau, is the highest point in the state of Hawaii at 13796 ft.
Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world when measured from base to summit, since its base is located on the seafloor about 19000 ft beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean, bringing its total height to about 33000 ft.