Mauna Keea Research Paper

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Mauna Kea

Imagine the most breath- taking view. Do you think you could ever stop looking? If there was one place I 'd like to go, it would be Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea is a shield/ hotspot volcano located on the Big Island of Hawaii. I want to go to Mauna Kea because of the beautiful summit, exciting topography, as well as the otherworldly drive up and down the mountain.

At the Summit of Mauna Kea, you are about 14,000 feet above sea level. At night, you feel as if you are surrounded by a blanket of stars, which is why the Maunakea Astronomical Observatory is perfect for stargazing. The Observatory contains many of the world’s largest telescopes. You can see constellations like Cancer, Hydra, and Ursa Major with incredible visibility. During the daytime, you get to look down at the clouds, as well as the impressive volcano Mauna Lua across the plain. Mauna Lua is the world’s largest volcano and mountain when speaking of mass. When on the summit at night, you may be able to see the glowing lava flowing from Mauna Lua.
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There are many places to hike on Mauna Kea other than the whole mountain itself. You can hike the cliffs, cones, rocks, et cetera. But when you go hiking, you must wear layers do to temperatures below freezing and winds possibly reaching 100 mph. Occasionally, Mauna Kea can be closed due to poor weather, poor air quality, or other conditions in which makes the mountain unsafe to be on. The climate and weather makes it a thrilling and motivating experience by making you feel as if you were on top of the

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