Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Study intermission!

Down to my last final tomorrow and wouldn't you know it, I got distracted looking around the USGS website (What do you mean I don't have time for that while studying the entire 4.6 billion year Geologic history of  North America?).  Lucky for you, I found some exciting pictures and videos of recent volcanic activity in Hawaii.

This video shows the collapse of the Pu`u `Ō `ō crater.

This video shows lava pouring from a volcanic fissure into a large crack running through the surface.

Here is a picture of the above in case Quicktime is being a pain.

Here is the main site if you want to peruse some more lovely photos.

Ok enough exciting vulcanism (no, not this kind)...back to studying.

Just kidding, one more quick movie.  This is of a phenomenon called "gas pistoning" where lava is pushed up by underlying gases which ends up looking like the piston of an engine.

Ok, I'm done...or am I?
Yeah, I am.

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