Snow-capped Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii – February 4th, 2009
The Mauna Loa (below) and Mauna Kea (above) volcanoes, on the island of Hawaii, are capped with snow.
Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth and one of five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii, part of the Hawaiian Islands chain, in the Pacific Ocean.
It is an active shield volcano, with a volume estimated at approximately 18,000 cubic miles (75,000 km³), although its peak is about 120 ft lower than that of its neighbor, Mauna Kea.
Although cold temperatures and snow may not come to mind when most people think about Hawaii, both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are high enough to permit snowfall during the winter. The snow can even accumulate to a depth of a few meters.