Kilauea Lava Enters the Ocean

The youngest land on Earth lies along the southern coast of the island of Hawaii, where lava from Kilauea Volcano enters the ocean. When lava meets the sea, it vaporizes seawater and creates a dense plume of steam. Over time, the lava builds a delta, extending the shoreline of Hawaii. From November 1986—when lava from the current eruption first reached the ocean—through December 2009, Kilauea created 192.3 hectares (475 acres) of new land.
The image which is in the following shows lava entering the ocean at the Puhi-o-Kalaikini Delta. It was acquired by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) on September 28, 2010. Black areas are fresh lava flows, the earliest of which were laid down from 1986 to 1992. Activity along this section of coast resumed in 2007, with breakouts earlier this year encroaching on the town of Kalapana, which was partially covered in 1990 and 1991. Healthy vegetation is green, while vegetation scorched by recent lava flows is brown. Trade winds blow the white plume to the west.

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1 Response to Kilauea Lava Enters the Ocean

  1. Dan Bailey says:

    Interesting post its amazing how many active volcanoes that Hawaii has and how often they erupt. I wonder if there are any other areas in the world like this

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