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When Earth Erupts-Shield Volcanoes

Mauna Kea, being the tallest mountain on Earth, is bound to have interesting facts to it, apart from that it's the little known tallest mountain in the world.



Did you know...

Mauna Kea's first known ascent was made in the late 18th century.

Lake Waiau, the highest lake in the world, is located in Mauna Kea.

Mauna Kea is the only Hawai'ian volcano to have distinct glaciation.

Mauna Kea last erupted 4,600 years ago.

In 1972, Mauna Kea was knighted a National Natural Landmark.

Mauna Kea is the home to the rare Wekiu bug, which is only found there. Strangely, their blood contains a natural antifreeze, that helps it survive the mountain's snowy top.

Mauna Kea is the first tallest, second largest, fourth oldest, and fourth most active out of the five volcanoes of the Hawai'ian Island.

Mauna Kea has several observatories on it, due to it's height.

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