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A real, live, lava excursion
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Author:  khl [ Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:03 pm ]
Post subject:  A real, live, lava excursion

It started on the tarmac. Mr. Bush's Air Force One was there, though we weren't allowed to ride on it.
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Instead, we boarded this:
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My wife is on the right:
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We said goodbye to Air Force One:
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In the distance we saw this:
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As we got closer we looked down and saw this:
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Our friendly volcano . . .
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Up close and personal:
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A view of the old lava flows to the coast:
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They then flew us over some nice Falls:
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We landed safely.

A good time was had by all. 8)

Author:  fancypiper [in Heaven] [ Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:35 pm ]
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That looks a lot like Surtsey when I was flying the DEW barrier flights while deployed to Iceland back in the 60's.

I wish I could find the lava pummice that I brought back to give gifts to the family, but I can't find them. :(

Author:  KittyR [ Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:20 pm ]
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Hey, what's that little patch of green doing in the middle of all that molten rock? :shock:

Whoo-hoo, I can feel the heat from here. :)

Author:  Adrian [ Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:04 pm ]
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What a fantastic day for you and what super fotos. Reminds me of when we were working in Indonesia where we visited several volcanoes. Once when flying from Sumatra to Bali the pilot flew us around the edge of an active volcano so we could see inside.

We were amazed at how fertile the cooled lava was and at the speed that plants started to grow on it. Is this the reason for the patch of green here?

Author:  fancypiper [in Heaven] [ Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:22 pm ]
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Surtsey was first seen 07:15 UTC, 14 November 1963, and the first life to appear on the island was moss and lichen, appearing as early as 1965, so within 2 years, life sprung from the lava.

After birds start nesting, the soil enriches very fast and lots more plants and animals will inhabit the area.

One of the reasons there are so many settlements near a volcano is because of the rich soil. Remember the Greek cities, Pompey and the city on the other side of that volcano?

They were buried from the (forgot the name of the ash storm) flow.

Author:  khl [ Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:18 pm ]
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The reason for the particular patch of green in the photo above is simply that the lava missed it. It's an odd, interesting thing. A few years ago one town was entirely wiped out by the lava (or the roads cut off along with all possibility of getting to the old places) except for one house. It's still inhabited -- used as a rental I think, but you get there by helicopter or hiking.

FancyPiper is right that the volcanic soil is rich, but only with lots of water, and, generally, many years of it. Some parts of this Island, like those shown in the pictures won't be lush and green for a few hundred, or maybe a few thousand years.

The one thing about visiting this Island, as opposed to the others, is that you really do get the sense that you are on an Island that has active volcanoes. That goes with the territory. Some places have to live with the possibilities of tornadoes, or floods, or sweltering heat, or bitter cold, etc. On the Big Island, you simply take it for granted that there's a volcano, that earthquakes, seismic activity, and lava spring up rather unpredictably, and that you ain't the boss of it.

Author:  khl [ Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:37 pm ]
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I just know how you all return every single day to look at these lava pictures. Here's the latest news about the lava flow and the potential problem for people on the southeast corner of the Big Island: http://starbulletin.com/2007/09/19/news/story03.html

Author:  khl [ Mon Sep 24, 2007 11:25 am ]
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Even more developments: http://starbulletin.com/2007/09/24/news/story02.html
This could be a serious problem soon.

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