Here on Earth there are many examples of mighty volcanoes of all shapes and sizes, but this geological formation is not exclusive to this “pale blue point”. Other worlds in the solar system also have volcanoes – and in this article you will get to know some of the most incredible volcanoes on Earth and other planets and moons.
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Most of the volcanic features found on other worlds formed in the very distant past, when our planetary system was still young. So there are a lot of already inactive volcanoes, but some of them are going full steam ahead.
Mauna Loa on Earth
(Image: Reproduction / USGS)
Mauna Loa is located in Hawaii and is the largest volcano in the region, reaching approximately 4,169 meters above sea level and approximately 70 km in length. As well as being considered one of the most active in the world, it is the largest shield volcano on Earth, which means that it has been formed almost entirely by lava flows throughout its history.
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Since the first well-documented eruption in 660, Mauna Loa has already been active 33 times and scientists believe it has been active for at least 660 thousand years – it appears to have emerged from the seabed some time ago. time 385 a thousand years.
The most recent eruption occurred between March and April 1991, but those of 1843 and 1959 caused the most death and destruction in several neighboring villages. Currently, the city of Hilo has part of its land area built on lava flows from the 19th century. Mauna Loa will erupt again, and due to its ability to produce large flows, it is constantly watched.