August 20, 2012-Olympus Mons -the tallest known volcano and mountain in our solar system. The central edifice of this shield volcano stands 27 kilometers ( 88,580 ft) high above the surface -or three times the elevation of Mount Everest above sea level and 2.6 times the height of Mauna Kea above its base. Image credit: NASA
Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on Earth in terms of volume and area covered and one of five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi in the Pacific Ocean. It is an active shield volcano, with a volume estimated at approximately 18,000 cubic miles, although its peak is about 120 feet (37 m) lower than that of its neighbors.
Engage your students creativity with this hands-on project that encourages them to learn about volcanoes. They will research three types of volcanoes and create a circle book that highlights what they learned. The ready-to-color illustrations feature cutaways of a Cinder Cone, a Composite Cone, and a Shield Volcano, complete with keys.
October 15, 1996: Phobos Over Mars - Credit: The Viking Project, NASA - Explanation: Hurtling through space a mere 3,000 miles above the Martian surface, the diminutive moon Phobos (below and left of center) was imaged against the backdrop of a large shield volcano by the Viking 2 Orbiter in 1977. This dramatic picture looks down from the Orbiter's viewpoint about 8,000 miles above the volcano, More...