U.S. Geological Survey - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
The island of Hawai`i has one of the youngest and most diverse landscapes on Earth. Built by countless eruptions of lava and tephra and sculpted by faults, landslides, and water, the Big Island is a remarkable window into the early histories of the other, much older Hawaiian Islands. The images below illustrate the striking landscapes of Hawaiian volcanoes and the islands they've built in the past few million years. You'll also find images of recent eruptions and the work that we do to improve our understanding of volcanoes and issue timely warnings when hazardous activity threatens people and property. See description of images on this Web site.
East rift zone photographsPu`u` `O`o - Kupaianaha eruption
About the Images
Each topic will lead you to a page of small images (200 x 125 pixels) with a few corresponding key words. Each of the small images are linked to a medium-sized image (350 x 219 pixels) with a detailed caption, which is linked to a large image (800 x 500 pixels). The original images are either 35mm slide transparencies or digital. Unless noted on the image and caption, the photographs were taken by scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey and are in the public domain. If you use the images, please credit U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.