David Griffing   |   "BOATS AND FLOWS"   |   geology   |   January 2013

The lava boat experience is an exciting climax to a geology J Term in Hawai'i.

 
Observing lava flows from boats
Ocean waves seem powerless to stop the flow of lava.
Hartwick geology students can't contain their excitement!
The boat captain brought us to within 30 feet of the lava flows!
Dusk allows even small streams of lava to glow brightly.
 
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Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world and has been slowly and continuously erupting since 1983. As Kilauea lava flows enter the ocean and cool, they enlarge the land surface area of the "Big Island" of Hawai'i. The lava boat experience is the exciting climax to the geology J Term in Hawai'i; we watch hot molten rock come in contact with ocean swells that crash into the coast as the boat captain maintains a position mere tens of feet away from the action! In addition to the excitement of viewing lava, the open ocean swells make for a very lively boat ride to and from the flows.

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