Pele’s Unusually Thick Hair

Something unusual was found in Kaʻū Desert, located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this month – scientists discovered hectares (acres) of Pele’s hair. Usually there’s no more than several square meters (a few square feet).

Pele’s hair is a type of lava. It forms when molten basaltic lava is blown out, such as when gas bubbles burst in the lava lake located at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit. The bursting bubbles propel magma into the air, where the droplets are drawn into long strands that resemble golden hair. This “hair” is actually glass that is extremely light and brittle.

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The crew at Paradise Helicopters, Hawaii, take you on a flight over the active lava fields of Kilauea, featuring a look down into Pu’u O’o crater, skylights, and ocean entry. Check out how the whole landscape appears to be steaming in the early part of this clip - the lava has crusted over in that area but is still flowing and degassing as it moves down slope.


Sampling recently erupted lava from Kilauea. There are samples taken like this archiving the eruption going back 30 years; the chemistry changes during the eruption can tell us how it evolves with time. Don’t try this on your own, they’re wearing special heat suits while doing it.


Extreme Sports Photographer Alexandre Socci Captures Brave Kayakers’ Journey Across an Active Volcano

Sports photographer Alexandre Socci set out on a dangerous mission with the help of professional kayaker Pedro Oliva and his team to the waters surrounding the active volcano of Mauna Loa in south-central Hawaii. The challenge was to navigate the molten lava, which gushed from the volcano into the water stream. The stunning images showcase the stunning, yet lethal oozing lava, which added an otherworldly element.

Please help save my home!

Hello there! I’m Kamyren and I was born in Hawaii.

We all know how beautiful it is and how wonderful mother nature was to create such a place (mother nature has her favorites and Hawaii is one of them) 

but we need your help! 

This is Mauna Kea a dormant volcano on Hawaii. The University of Hawaii is the ones who look after the volcano, due to it’s height it’s a popular place for the college’s study of astronomy. Now though  they’re planning on adding another large telescope worth a billion dollars

The problem is though that they are doing it on sacred ground! Hawaiians have come now and protested the site when it was holding a groundbreaking ceremony because the Hawaiians believe that the sacred ground should be kept sacred! They gathered a peaceful protest which was then returned with arrests on the peaceful protesters.

Please please help! There is not a lot of coverage on this! They have already put so many telescopes on there and this would take even more land away . Please consider signing this petition and sharing the petition and this post. #wearemaunakea please don’t let my voice and the voices of so many others be silenced. 

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Thank you! Mahalo mahalo mahalo! 

(None of these pictures are mine!) 







as previously illustrated in these posts, kilauea, a flat broad shield volcano, has been erupting continuously from its pu’u o’o vent since 1983, growing the island by about 42 acres a year as its basaltic lava flow, with a temperature over one thousand degree celsius, ooze at a speed of fifteen yards an hour into the ocean. the last photo is notable for the multiple vortices spinning off the billowing plumes of steam, which rain down drops of hydrochloric acid. (click pic or link for credit x, xx, x, x)

  1. 2010 Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull  Volcanic Eruption
  2. 2011 Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Volcanic Eruption
  3. 2009 Alaska's Redoubt Volcanic Eruption
  4. 2010 Indonesia’s Mount Merapi Lightning Strike
  5. 2008 Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Coastal Storm
  6. 2010 Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull “dirty thunderstorm”
  • All photos courtesy of National Geographic.