Meaning of shield volcano in English:

shield volcano


  • A broad domed volcano with gently sloping sides, characteristic of the eruption of fluid, basaltic lava.

    ‘Debris flow deposits, formerly called ‘polygenic breccias’, are found intercalated between the submarine shield volcano and the horizontal lava flows.’
    • ‘Mayor Island is a shield volcano with a caldera in the western part of the Bay of Plenty, off the east coast of New Zealand.’
    • ‘When gas from the magma chamber has been exhausted, the lava erupts more quietly to form a broader and lower edifice, a shield volcano.’
    • ‘Using the radiometric ages of the central islands, we have identified a progression of the volcanic quiescence, from Gran Canaria to the central shield volcano of Tenerife and La Gomera.’
    • ‘The eastward dip of the northern part of the shield volcano suggests that the island formerly extended to the north.’