A Brief Tour of Hawaiin Volcanism

These pictures were taken by Ben Sambrano in 1989


Lava fountains - the result of very fluid magma with low gas content - result in...
...broad, gently sloping lava flows. These flows can sometimes interfere with daily life. Sometimes they can...
...cover streets and roads,...
...destroy property,...
...or even overrun homes and other stuctures.
Lava flows originating from these vents form channels that cool very quickly on the surface, while remaining molten inside. Eventually, the liquid material can flow out, leaving only the shells, or lava tubes.
New flows can then flow throught the empty interiors in these tubes, creating dramatic features such as lava falls...
...or spouts. These flows sometimes reach the island's shores where they...
...drip into the ocean. The extremely high temperatures vaporizes some of the water, resulting in...

...long stretches of steaming shorelines.

We hope you have enjoyed this little "virtual visit" to the spectacular volcanoes of Hawaii.


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