Mauna Kea, the White Mountain

Mauna Kea, or "white mountain", is the Hawaiian name for this mighty dormant volcano. At nearly 14,000 feet, its summit is usually covered by snow for a short time each winter, though the warmth of the mid-Pacific soon prevails. Here the vents on the southern side of Mauna Kea are seen, 200 feet below the highest peak. Notice the 25 meter diameter VLBA antenna to the right in the photograph.