Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hawaii Island's Mauna Loa loses title of world's largest volcano


Published:


A 3-D map of Tamu Massif, a massive undersea shield volcano believed to cover an area the size of New Mexico.


There are countless pieces of information about Hawaii’s geology that residents hold as fact. Three of these are:

• We are the only state in the union made up entirely of islands.

• Our northwest-drifting Islands were formed entirely by a single magma hotspot, now located beneath the southern half of Hawaii Island and still feeding the growth of the island.

• We have the largest volcano on the planet: Mauna Loa—covering 2,035 square miles of land area (more than half of Hawaii Island's above-ocean lands) and possessing a maximum width of 75 miles.

Turns out, we may have to scratch one of these out of the science textbooks.

Read the full story.

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine October 2018
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Trending

 

Remembering Anthony Bourdain, Who Helped Share the Stories of Hawai‘i

Anthony Bourdain

The chef, writer and TV host filmed episodes of "No Reservations" and "Parts Unknown" in the Islands.

 

7 Iconic Sugar Mill Smokestacks That Still Stand Tall in Hawai‘i

Smokestacks Sugar Mill Ladd

The landmark smokestacks serve as daily reminders of these communities’ rich plantation history.

 

Hawaiʻi Summer 2018 Bon Dance Schedule

Obon Festival Moiliili

Obon season is here, time to dance!

 

The Ultimate “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Drinking Game

Jurassic World

The filmed-in-Hawai‘i sequel to 2015’s summer blockbuster premieres June 22.

Edit ModuleShow Tags