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What are the "Hawaiian Islands?"

The Hawaiian Islands are the tops of gigantic volcanic mountains formed by countless eruptions of fluid lava over several million years; some tower more than 30,000 feet above the sea floor. The Islands are composed of linear chains of shield volcanoes including Kilauea and Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii -- two of the world's most active volcanoes.

Sources of Information:

Tilling, R.I., 1998, Volcanoes: U.S. Geological Survey General Interest Publication, 45 p.

Tilling, R.I., Heliker, C., and Swanson, D.A, 2010, Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes: Past, Present, and Future‚Äč: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 117, 62 p.

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