Hawaii Volcanoes

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Hawaii is an island of many dreams…this is where people want to go to unwind, relax and enjoy the feeling of the sun, sand and beach on their bodies while they sip on a cocktail made most probably out of pineapple juice. Hawaii is also well known for something else, something a bit more serious than everything else. Those are the Hawaii volcanoes.

The Hawaii volcanoes are probably some of the most well known volcanoes in the world. As the place with some of the few remaining active volcanoes, it is a site of much research and tourists. After all, not many of us can say we went and visited an actual live volcano can we? Each Hawaiian island has at least one volcano on it, and many of these islands still have active Hawaii volcanoes. It is believed that the Hawaiian Islands are at the end of a chain of volcanoes that started forming more than 70 million years ago, and it is no wonder then that these islands are also a place of great history. The lava that is found around the Hawaii volcanoes probably dates back millions of years, and the amount of information researchers can gain form just one of these islands about the way the world was back then is immense. As old Hawaii volcanoes erupt and go silent, newer one are formed as well, which means this is a continuing process.

The threat posed by Hawaii volcanoes has grown over the years. As the active volcanoes continue spouting lava, the height of land in the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii has grown to 4,000 m and the threat these Hawaii volcanoes pose to humans are quite high as well. Over the years, land development has expanded towards the more hazardous parts of the island, meaning that more and more people are being put at risk due to eruption of the Hawaii volcanoes. Another kind of risk posed by Hawaii volcanoes is the airborne lava fragments that can be harmful to humans and animals alike. Then there is the worry of volcanic gases that escape during eruption of Hawaii volcanoes and the threat of ground cracks and settling. A large threat is also posed by lava that will flow directly into the sea. Since large quantities of lava could flow directly into the sea, where they are suddenly cooled, new land masses can form at seemingly short timing, and scalding water could be pushed put towards the beaches as well. All these can pose great harm to those nearby.

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