Have you ever seen flowing lava? Mary from Bohemian Travelers Blog did see flowing lava back in 2014 in Hawaii.
She is a mom, of three amazing kids, who quit so-called ‘rat race’ eight years ago and entered the world of adventure and travel.
Picture Story: Flowing Lava in Hawaii
We chose to spend time on the Big Island of Hawaii, after Oahu, for many reasons but the biggest reason for me was due to my fascination and intrigue with all things volcanic.
I have had it ever since I was young, making it a life goal to get to Hawaii and to see flowing lava at the ripe age of 8!
The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most volcanically active islands on the planet and one of the very few areas of the world that you can quite easily see flowing lava. I knew this was my chance!
Once we landed the evidence of how young this large island is was immediately apparent. Old lava flows exist all over the island and give a feeling of otherworldliness.
Sometimes the kids remark that it feels like we are on Mars. Quickly to be replaced by a stunning beach but still. I know we have it rough right?!
We happen to live in a town that at the moment is under serious threat of destruction by the current lava flow.
We have gone through moments of excitement at being able to experience something so rare, moments of fear at the thought of losing a town we have grown to love.
Moments of anxiety as the waiting game is ever present because the lava moves slowly and starts and stops without notice.
Moments of sadness at the thought of the destruction this may leave in its path, and my favourite, moments of pure elation as we experienced on a recent hike to the flow front where I sat in tears of connection with this powerful display of nature right in front of us.
On this particular hike we went into the actual National Park to visit an area that was soon to be bulldozed due to the fact that the road needs to be reclaimed as an emergency exit for those living beneath the flow.
There is currently only 1 way in and out and when the lava crosses that we need another path. This spot, and the further 10 miles or so, are it.
The Pu’u’o’o vent has been spewing lava for over 30 years now and during that time the lava crossed this road by the sea several times.
It is a great example of the swelling that occurs during inflation and the damage done to a roadway due to lava.
It also provides an excellent learning opportunity! (I unschooled my children and gather experiences and learn through interesting adventures such as these.)
The kids and I hiked out to this spot and then spent over an hour enjoying the dips and bends in the flow, marvelling at the patterns pahoehoe flows leave behind, and saying goodbye to a landmark soon to be changed yet again!
Lava is molten rock generated by geothermal energy and expelled through fractures in planetary crust or in an eruption, usually at temperatures from 700 to 1,200 °C.
The structures resulting from subsequent solidification and cooling are also sometimes described as lava.
A lava flow is a moving outpouring of lava created during a non-explosive effusive eruption. When it has stopped moving, lava solidifies to form igneous rock.
Although lava can be up to 100,000 times more viscous than water, lava can flow great distances before cooling and solidifying because of its thixotropic and shear thinning properties.
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