Hilo Bay &Mauna Kea, Hawaii 1983

Childs, Iraphne R. (1982) Hilo Bay &Mauna Kea, Hawaii 1983. [Image]

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Mauna Kea (lit. White Mountain), considered dormant, is a shield volcano approx 1 million years old and is Hawaii's highest peak at 4250m (13,769ft). Much of the mountain is under the sea and when measured from its base on the Pacific Ocean floor, is 10,000m (33,000ft) high, significantly higher than Mt. Everest. The summit of Mauna Kea once supported a small alpine glacier that has since disappeared. The shield-building lavas of Mauna Kea are now largely buried under cinder cones and ash deposits, the product of explosive eruptions that ceased approx. 3600 years ago. The peak is always snow-capped in winter, sometimes with several meteres of snow. This image is a view of Mauna Kea across Hilo Bay, taken from Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: bays; volcanoes
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:03
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:38
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or TownPlace
United States of AmericaHawaiiHilo BayMauna Kea
URI: https://digitalcollections.qut.edu.au//id/eprint/311
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