Some of the most beautiful volcanic displays in the world are created by Hawaii Volcanoes, with lava flows that span vast tracts of land, clearly visible for all to see. Tourists come from around the world to see the renowned volcanic activity of the Hawaiian Islands and witness the lava flows slowly creep across open land, consuming everything in their path.
Volcanoes have forever been a big curiosity for humans. The natural wonder of their illuminating lava has inspired some pretty Cool Notions, like Lava Lamps for instance.
Perhaps the most amazing and unique viewing opportunity available on the islands is one that actually takes place on the rocky seaside edges of the island. Created when the lava reaches the ocean, this amazing event is rather unique to the islands, creating spellbinding clouds of steam that are lit by the contrastingly brilliant orange light of the flowing lava after the sun goes down.
This stunning interaction between two of the worlds’ most basic elemental components is made even more spectacular by the realization that observers are actually watching the continued creation of the island.
Whether the lava slowly oozes into the ocean, or splashes into it in the fiery, flamboyant style of an eruption, this natural display is truly awesome to behold.
Hawaii Volcanoes are known as Sheild volcanoes, which produce shield like domes rather than the classic cone shapes produced by other volcanoes. Lava from Sheild volcaones creeps deceptively across the ground, slowly engulfing the existing terrain in flames, while simultaneously creating new layers of rich fertile ground. Because of this, the actual size of the volcano is often underestimated by visitors.
Hawaii currently has 3 volcanoes, Maunaloa, which covers half of Hawaii Island, Kilauea, and Loihi, an underwater volcano located of the southern coast of Hawaii which first erupted in 1996. Loihi will eventually rise above the surface of the ocean to create yet another Hawaiian island, but this won’t take place for at least another 250,000 years. In the meantime, visitors can watch in amazement as the Hawaii Volcanoes of Maunaloa and Kilauea produce beautiful, fiery fields of lava.
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