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The Adventure Of Exploring Hawaiian Volcanoes

Aug 30, 2008
Hawaii is a tropical island that is one of the states of America but lies hundreds of miles west of it. The Hawaiian islands are made up of volcanic lava. The lava flowed quickly, which formed the islands to what they are now. Strangely enough, lava is able to sustain plant life. Beautiful plants and exotic flowers are known to thrive atop volcanic lava. Hawaii's volcanoes are still very much active today, but the older volcanoes are not as active anymore.

Volcanoes are made up of a type of rock called basalt. When a volcano erupts, lava pours out of the top, trickles down the mountain and creates new islands. Hawaii currently has five volcanoes that exhibit energetic activity. They are Hualalai, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Kilauea and Kohala. Out of the five volcanoes, however, Mauna Loa is one of the most known volcanoes, and it has not erupted in Hawaii since 1984. Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, by far, hold the most volcanic activity because it erupts the most.
Since 1993, Kilauea has helped create over 550 acres of land. The rivers of hot orange molten lava travel down the sides of the volcano, which is a spectacular spectacle that many visitors and even Hawaiian natives love to see. You can even see the volcanoes erupting from your vehicles. There are tour companies that, as dangerous as it may seem, offer tours to see the lava flow and such. For many, many years, the first Hawaiians believed that Kilauea was the goddess of the mountain. Many Hawaiians still hold that belief to the present day.

The islands are formed when the lava hits the water, and it rises to the top. You can see lava create vents of smoldering steam and huge chasms. Sometimes, caves are formed. Kona is a two-hour drive and Kahala is a five-hour drive from the National Park. Volcanoes are an exciting thing to see and watch, but they are very dangerous because of the toxin coming from the lava. If you get too close to one, the toxins can kill you, which is why fences have been set up around the perimeter of the volcanoes.

You can see balls of lava flying through the air and see the steam when it hits the water. You can hike around inactive volcanoes in the park, or you can take a tour and have someone fly around one to get a view of the inside of a volcano. If you hike out past sunset be sure to bring a lot of food, water, and one change of clothing. Make sure you bring your camera with you to get some amazing sights to take home.
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