as mentioned in these previous posts, kilauea, a flat broad shield volcano, has erupted continuously from its pu’u o’o vent since 1983, growing the island by about 42 acres a year as its basaltic lava flow oozes at a speed of fifteen yards an hour into the ocean. photos by tom kuali.
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.