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Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, on the “Big Island” of Hawai’i, offers the visitor a look at two of the world’s most active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa.

More than 4,000 feet high and still growing, Kilauea abuts the southeastern slope of the older and much larger Mauna Loa, or “long mountain.” Mauna Loa towers some 13,677 feet above the sea: Measured from its base 18,000 feet below sea level, it exceeds Mount Everest in height.

With lava flowing at an average rate of 800-1,300 gallons per second from vents on the east rift zone of Kilauea, more than 500 acres of new land have been added to the island of Hawai’i since Kilauea’s eruption began on January 3, 1983.

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