shield volcano

shield volcano
noun Date: 1911 a broad rounded volcano that is built up by successive outpourings of very fluid lava

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Shield volcano — A shield volcano is a large volcano with shallow sloping sides. The name derives from a translation of Skjaldbreiður , an Icelandic shield volcano whose name means broad shield , from its resemblance to a warrior s shield. Information Shield… …   Wikipedia

  • shield volcano — ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY GLOSSARY A gently sloping volcano in the shape of a flattened dome and built almost exclusively of lava flows. GLOSSARY OF VOLCANIC TERMS A broad, low relief volcano constructed by flows of relatively fluid lava (e.g.… …   Glossary of volcanic terms

  • shield volcano — /ˈʃild vɒlkeɪnoʊ/ (say sheeld volkaynoh) noun a volcano formed by repeated rapid flows of lava of low viscosity so that it becomes very broad but with shallow sloping sides; more or less in the shape of a round shield. Compare stratovolcano …   Australian English dictionary

  • shield volcano — noun A large volcano, with shallow sloping sides and a flattened dome, formed of successive eruptions of free flowing lava; a lava dome …   Wiktionary

  • shield volcano —    A volcano having the shape of a very broad, gently sloping dome, built by flows of very fluid basaltic lava or rhyolitic ash flows.    Compare: stratovolcano.    GG & MA …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • shield volcano — noun Geology a very broad volcano with gently sloping sides …   English new terms dictionary

  • shield volcano — noun : a volcano built up by successive outpourings of lava with little or no fragmental material and consequently having a diameter at its base many times as great as its height contrasted with stratovolcano; compare basalt dome …   Useful english dictionary

  • shield volcano —   a volcanic cone made up of multiple layers of basaltic lava …   Geography glossary

  • Volcano Winery — is one of three commercial wineries in the U.S. state of Hawaii, and the first winery founded on the Big Island of Hawaii in the town of Volcano, Hawai i, at the base of the active shield volcano Kīlauea. It is the southernmost winery in the… …   Wikipedia

  • volcano — /vol kay noh/, n., pl. volcanoes, volcanos. 1. a vent in the earth s crust through which lava, steam, ashes, etc., are expelled, either continuously or at irregular intervals. 2. a mountain or hill, usually having a cuplike crater at the summit,… …   Universalium

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