Different types of volcano

Volcanoes can be described in terms of activity and can be:

  • still active and erupt frequently
  • dormant (temporarily inactive but not fully extinct)
  • extinct (never likely to erupt again)

Volcanoes can also be described by their shape or type - shield or composite.

Shield volcanoes

The characteristics of a shield volcano (

The characteristics of a shield volcano

  • Shield volcanoes are usually found at constructive or tensional boundaries.
  • They are low, with


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