July 30, 2012

Monday Geology Picture(s): A Lava Road Closure on Hawai’i

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Road closed? No kidding!

My friend Arthur recently visited Hawai’i and sent me some wonderful pictures of lava and basalt! My favorite picture is the one above of a former road now almost completely covered by basalt. Arthur informs me that the sign was for Chain of Craters Road, which is now buried under several meters of basalt in places. Here’s the approximate location of the roadsign.

Arthur also sent me a few pictures of some active lava flows. Wonderful! There’s nothing like fresh lava to get a geologist’s blood boiling with excitement!

Lovely lava #1.

Lovely lava #2.

Lovely lava #3.