Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hawaii is the land of Pele, the volcano goddess.
Known for her temper, she can
erupt and destroy — but in doing so, she also creates.
All the islands
started from a surge of Pele"s temper, but only on the Big Island can you
still see daily vestiges of it.Inside"Volcanoes National Park is the Kilauea
volcano, the most active volcano on earth, which, according to the National
Park Service, produces 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava per day —
enough to resurface a 20-mile-long two-lane road daily.
Thanks to Kilauea,
about 500 acres of new land have been created on the island of Hawaii since
1983.
And no one knows whether the current eruption will last another century
or stop tomorrow.Related: WATCH: The Magic of Night Swimming With Hawaii"s
Gentle Giants The lava ate this road for lunch."(Photo: Paula
Froelich)While it is beautiful — and the Kilauea Caldera glows every
night as if alive — it is also terrifying.
An eruption last year
threatened the town of Pahoa, and in 1990, the town of Kalapana was completely
destroyed.
By the coast, just north of Hilo, are the remains of old roads
whose white and yellow lines still peek out from under lava rock, and if you
drive even farther north, you can see where homes once stood.Park ranger
Jessica Ferracane showed me the Caldera before taking me to the belly of the
beast — the lava tubes.The tubes, which look like long caves, are
formed "a lot like a river that ices over in the winter," Ferracane says.
"As
the lava pours down, the edges of the tube start to cool and harden;
eventually you are left with these tubes." Inside the lava tubes …
it"s like a bat cave with no bats (thank God)."(Photo: Paula Froelich)Walking
through the tubes is like walking on the inside of a volcano, and for a
science geek (like me) it"s fascinating to see the inner workings of a
landmass that many across the world refer to as "the gates of hell."Despite
the ever-present threat, residents, aware of the danger but in love with the
land, take it in stride."It"s part of life here," Ferracane says, shrugging,
"and we love it."WATCH: The Magic of Night Swimming With the Gentle Giants of
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Travel"s travel policy, click here.Hawaii is the land of Pele, the volcano
goddess.
Inside Volcanoes National Park is the Kilauea volcano, the most
active volcano on earth, which, according to the National Park Service,
produces 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava per day — enough to
resurface a 20-mile-long two-lane road daily.
Related: WATCH: The Magic of
Night Swimming With Hawaii's Gentle Giants The lava ate this road for
lunch. (Photo: Paula Froelich) While it is beautiful — and the Kilauea
Caldera glows every night as if alive — it is also terrifying..Hawaii is the
land of Pele, the volcano goddess.
Inside Volcanoes National Park is the
Kilauea volcano, the most active volcano on earth, which, according to the
National Park Service, produces 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava per day
— enough to resurface a 20-mile-long two-lane road daily.
Related: WATCH:
The Magic of Night Swimming With Hawaii's Gentle Giants The lava ate this
road for lunch. (Photo: Paula Froelich) While it is beautiful — and the
Kilauea Caldera glows every night as if alive — it is also terrifying.

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