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Spectacular views of the summit caldera of Mauna Loa

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A view of Moku‘āweoweo, the summit caldera of Mauna Loa, as seen from South Pit (looking to the north-northwest). An eruption in 1940 created the cinder-and-spatter cone visible on the caldera floor (right center). This cone, which is about 114 m (373 feet) high, is the largest cone at Mauna Loa's summit. The cone on the southwest rim of the caldera (left center) was built during an eruption in 1949. The light-brown tephra from that eruption mantles pāhoehoe flows in the foreground.


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