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A shield volcano is recognizable by its very flat slopes. This is in contrast to stratovolcanoes that are high and conical. The magma is pretty thin because of the composition, and the lava flows over a large area. This creates the flat shape of the shield volcano. Thicker tough lava will create a stratovolcano. Shield volcanoes tend to have relatively peaceful non-explosive eruptions. Shield volcanoes occur for example in Iceland and oceanic hotspots such as Hawaii.
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