Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Rocks flow like water

The Big Island is Hawaii's youngest and the only one that still has active volcanoes.

The island is a great study in contrasts. Much of the eastern coast looks much like you would expect...a rich tropical island full of vegetation. In contrast, most of the western coast is raw lava with little bits of scrub grass. Between is an area that is not unlike the midwestern US with sparse grasses and a few low trees.

The southern part of the island is where the active volcanoes are. There you have fields like this of fresh lava looking like it just cooled yesterday.

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