Helicopter view of where Kilauea’s lava is entering the Pacific


Sunrise over the Pacific from the summit of Haleakala volcano, Hawaii

America’s national parks include some of the most cherished natural landscapes and cultural sites in the world. Today is World Heritage Day and we’re recognizing a unique park with a global profile. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is one of the few places on Earth where visitors can safely get an upclose look at an active volcano. Witness powerful natural forces at work as Kīlauea and Mauna Loa (two of the world’s most active volcanoes) continue to add land to the island of Hawaiʻi. Photo by Janice Wei, National Park Service.


and those stars, once spent of their lighter elements, fell in on themselves, spewing forth into space their heavier ones, which, in time, would unite under their weight into a massive super heated rock that, powered by its own nuclear heart, would again spew forth those heavier elements through fissures and tears in and around its solid, however thin and brittle, crust. 

photos from the halemaumau crater on kīlauea – a flat, broad shield volcano, encircled by a distant ring of fire, which has been spewing lava continuously for over thirty years as the pacific plate moves north westerly over the earth’s mantle – by (click pic) tom kualiijason weingartmiles morgankenji yamamurated gorechris galando and sean king (bonus:  ed coykendall)