Photo and Video Chronology - Mauna Loa - July 31, 2009

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Aerial views of Mauna Loa and neighboring volcanoes.
 

Spectacular aerial views of Mauna Loa and neighboring volcanoes!

Shield-volcano Mauna Kea viewed from the northern slope of Mauna Lo...

Beautiful weather this morning permitted great views of Mauna Kea, on the right, and Haleakalā, on the neighboring island of Maui, in the distance on the left. The cones in the foreground are along Mauna Loa's north east rift zone.

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The high point of Mauna Loa, in the background at an elevation of a...

The high point of Mauna Loa, in the background at an elevation of about 13,679 ft, is actually just the highest point along the rim of the steep cliffs that surround Mauna Loa's summit caldera, Moku‘āweoweo, Dark-colored lava flows of recent vintage (1984) cover the floor of Moku‘āweoweo. View is looking southwest.

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This edge of the cliff above Moku‘āweoweo, at an elevation of 13,66...

This edge of the cliff above Moku‘āweoweo, at an elevation of 13,661 feet, is only a few feet lower than Mauna Loa's high point (out of sight to the left). The cliff here is about 600 feet high. Mauna Kea, in the background to the right rises to an elevation of 13,796 feet, barely 100 feet higher the summit of Mauna Loa. Haleakalā, to the left almost 100 miles away and separated from Hawai‘i by 30 miles of open ocean, rises to 10,023 feet above sea level.

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This view of Mauna Loa's summit is looking toward the northeast. Th...

This view of Mauna Loa's summit is looking toward the northeast. The east flank of Mauna Kea is to the left, and North Pit, on the northeast end of Moku‘āweoweo, is straight ahead.

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