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Hotspot Today
How do volcanoes form at "hotspots"? Mauna Loa, a modern volcano on the big Island of Hawaii was created by a hotspot under the Pacific plate. As the plate moved over this hotspot, molten lava broke through the Earth's crust, forming volcanoes on the sea floor and in the process, a long chain of volcanic islands.
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