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September 15, 1997

There's a volcano that is taller than Mt. Everest. How is that possible? The volcano is Mauna Loa, which rises more than 29,200 feet from its base below sea level. So while it doesn't reach an altitude as high as Everest's, which is 29,028 feet, it's actually taller.

Mauna Loa, along with others on the island of Hawaii, is one of the world's more active volcanoes, located above a "hot spot" in the Earth's interior.

Two picture-filled publications by the U.S. Geological Survey are packed with information about how volcanoes are formed, how and why they erupt and why they are located where they are across the Earth.

"Volcanoes" (45 pages, publication 94-0195) and "Volcanoes of the United States" (44 pages, publication 93-0610) are available free by writing to the USGS Branch of Information Services, Box 25286, Denver Federal Center, MS 306, Denver, CO 80225.

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