|March 28 - May 2, 2008
|Now we're going to go back and see what the lava's been doing since we last checked on 3/20. Here are some more
photos from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory archives:
Left - A view of the lava entry to the sea. You can see the lava spreading into the vegetation in the middle of the photo, flowing to the right.
The lava is coming down through Royal Gardens (where the smoke is in the far upper left of the image). The lava to the right of that
vegetation is where I hiked on 2/17 & 2/23, trying to get to the top of the pali. In the middle right of the image you can see some turquoise
dots beside the road. Those are the priveys placed by the county for the people out to view the lava. On the far right, just off the shore, you
can see little white dots. That's the viewing area marked out by the county. Cannot go off the path!
Right - same thing from a different angle. Viewing area at the lower left.
<-- Looking southwest along the coast.
Note the houses still standing out in
the lava field. The viewing area is in
the middle right.
Pu'u O'o -->
Pu'u O'oLooking west along the East
Rift Zone. in the distance with a
plume below it coming from the source
of the Royal Gardens lava flow.
Kilauea is beyond Pu'u O'o.
Looking northeast along the coast.
The viewing area is barely visible in
the upper left. Morning sun.
The lava in the foreground is old. The
lava above it is new. On the right, you
can see the lava flow coming down the
access road which I show on 3/20 &
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|<--Looking at the ocean entry, Royal
Gardens with Pu'u O'o above it and
the plume from Halema'uma'u Crater
off in the distance.
A shot from just above Pu'u O'o -->
looking back at Halema'uma'u plume
Here's a thermal image of the lava in the area of the ocean entry.
And here's a beautiful image taken of
the Halema'uma'u vent from the
Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory next
to Jaggar Museum.
|Maps of the lava flows.
Lava tubes occur when a surface flow
of lava skins over on top due to
contact with the much cooler air.
Eventually, this forms a hard surface
which insulates the lava below,
allowing it to flow much farther.
Beneath the hardened crust on the
surface rivers of lava flow freely.
|shown here, can reveal the location of subsurface lava tubes by showing linear traces of warm
ground above the tube. This image shows the two tubes which feed the Waikupanaha delta.
The eastern tube, though still warm, appears to be inactive.