What is a Shield Volcano? - Definition, Facts & Examples


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What distinguishes shield volcanoes from other types of volcanoes?

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1. How would you describe the lava that erupts from a shield volcano?

2. How do lava tubes help carry lava far from the eruption site of a shield volcano?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A shield volcano forms under specific geological conditions, distinguishing it from other types of volcano. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the specific characteristics of shield volcanoes. Some things you'll be assessed on include what distinguishes shield volcanoes from other types of volcanoes, characteristics of lava that erupts from shield volcanoes, and how lava tubes help carry lava far from the eruption site of a shield volcano.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Characteristics of shield volcanoes
  • Basaltic lava
  • Lava tubes
  • Olympus Mons
  • Magma chamber

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of shield volcanoes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific features of shield volcanoes and how they contribute to creating shield volcanoes
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on shield volcanoes and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of volcanoes, review the accompanying lesson on Shield Volcanoes

This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define shield volcano
  • Explain how shield volcanoes form
  • Identify components of a shield volcano
  • Identify locations of shield volcanoes