It’s no secret; I’m hard to impress. I’ve seen a lot, done a lot, been places, learned stuff, bought the tee-shirts. I’m not willfully hard to impress; I don’t resist being impressed. It’s just that after all these years it takes something genuinely impressive.
Like volcanoes. They’re impressive. Something about lava really grabs me. Rock running like molasses; I want to play in it. Yet somehow there is only one volcano in my heart: Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawai’i. I’m so impressed I did two Wednesday Wow posts about it.
And this baby makes three…
I suppose I care about Kilauea because I got so involved with it, watching it live (with chat), and with analyzing downloaded USGS earthquake data for it. I even made animated videos from that data. (See the first post for some examples of that work.)
I got pretty into it for a while, and I’ve kept my eye on it ever since. I wrote that first post just after Pele quieted from her 2018 awakening. I wrote the second post about five months later. Pele had been quiet, so that post was a review of the events.
The volcano has been fairly quiet ever since — just occasional rumblings, no eruptions. The collapsed caldera filled with mineral-rich ground water (it was yellow-green).
Last December, just before Christmas, the lava returned to the mountain top. That huge collapsed section began filling with lava, and that small flow has continued to this day (for almost a year now).
The photos provide little sense of scale, but it’s a lot of lava. And the hard crust on top hides the molten lake beneath.
The lack of attention my last three posts about the volcano got suggest most don’t find this anywhere near as interesting as I do, so at this point I’ll just leave you with a bunch of (very short) USGS videos to enjoy. As I mentioned, lava fascinates me!
Stay impressive, my friends! Go forth and spread beauty and light.