Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Home To Two Active Volcanoes, Including The World’s Largest Volcano, & The World’s Longest Continuous Volcanic Eruption
Desolation Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. March 2, 2013
Yes, I made it out of bed today. And having accomplished that feat spending a few hours touring the volcanic delights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (NVNP) was easy. Easy peasy.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (NVNP)
The Big Island is all about volcanoes. It is comprised of five relatively young ones, the oldest of which erupted about 60,000 years ago. The island’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (NVNP) is home to two active volcanoes: Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s biggest volcano – its volume is estimated at about 18,000 cubic miles/75,000 km3. Mauna Loa last erupted between March & April of 1984 but the most recent, & still current, eruption was of Kilauea in January of 1983. Today the world’s longest continuous volcanic eruption continues to add the the Big Island’s mass – since 1983 it has added about 100 km² of new land to the south & west of the island via lava flows, some of the youngest land on earth.
I’m leaving the east of the island tomorrow and will stay in western town of Kona for the night ahead of my flight to Maui the following morning. En route I’ll be paying a visit to the observatories atop Mauna Kea, the highest point in the pacific. Oh yes, I’ll be going out on a Big Island high.