Volcano Kilauea

This is a photo of the volcano known as, Kilauea. Kilauea is a shield volcano which is the biggest type of volcano to form. These type of volcanoes form over hot spots and their eruptions aren’t as explosive as composite volcanoes (composite volcanoes are smaller in size but have greater eruptions). When magma comes up some gas gets trapped underneath which causes pressure to build up. Once there’s too much pressure the volcano erupts. When Kilauea erupts, the magma that flows out is thinner and less viscous than the magma that would flow out of a composite volcano or other type of volcano. Shield volcanoes are known to erupt the least viscous lavas.

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“Film I Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano.” WetSand. N.p., 16 July 2015. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.