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Rough Appearance of Mauna Kea Volcano in Hawaii, USA – May 4th, 2011

19.8N 155.4W

May 4th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

USA – April 28th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the slopes of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the island of Hawai`i. Standing 4205 m above sea level, its peak is the highest point in the state of Hawaii.

In its current post-shield state, its lava is more viscous, resulting in a steeper profile. Late volcanism has also given it a much rougher appearance than its neighboring volcanoes; contributing factors include the construction of cinder cones, the decentralization of its rift zones, the glaciation on its peak, and the weathering effects of the prevailing trade winds.

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