Shield Volcanoes Research Paper

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Volcanoes On April 5,1815, the people of Indonesia were going about their usual work and chores, thinking nothing of what would happen later that day. Around seven p.m. when farmers were coming in from a long day of work, the ground started to shake sending tsunamis racing across the Java Sea. The sky darkened and columns of black smoke were rising into the air from Mount Tambora. The huge mountain rose 13,000 feet into the air, as the people watched, waiting for what would happen next dust, gases, and rock were thrown into the atmosphere, covering twelve miles rapidly with debris. Rivers of hot ash ran down the mountain side, and through grasslands, forests, and farms, destroying everything in its path, killing 10,000 of the islands inhabitants. Eventually the island was destroyed by the hot lava. All the people heard days before were the what…show more content…
This type of volcano can be recognized by its broad, gentle slopping shape. The lava dome that composes a shield volcano is usually built over a period of time. When this type of volcano erupts it often involves a flow after flow of lava. An example of shield volcano is Mauna Kea, which along with Mauna Loa forms the large island of Hawaii. The largest shield volcano in the solar system is Olympus Mons, on the planet mars. Composite volcanoes can be identified by their symmetrical, wide-based shapes that consists of alternating layers of lava and cinder. Unlike any other type of volcano the composite volcano consists of both lava and cinder. The cone of a composite volcano is much steeper than the lava dome of a shield volcano. The cone of the volcano is formed partly by explosive eruptions of cinder. These volcanoes beauty are admired by many people. Some well-known composite volcanoes are Mount Fuji in Japan and Mount Rainier in Washington. Mount St. Helens is another volcano that was greatly admired before its eruption in
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