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How did the shield volcano get its name?

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November 24, 2008 6:43PM

A shield volcano got its name from its shape. If you put a round shield from the medieval times on the ground, it would have a slightly rounded shape. A shield volcano has gentle slopes and base lava. The lava is runny and can travel a long way before cooling. Shield volcanos are normally less explosive than a Cone volcano. NatashaLouisex