Hawaiian Volcano 

Kilauea Volcano

Tour of the Summit Caldera

Shaded relief map of Kilauea Caldera
Location and direction of images in views below

View 1
Kilauea caldera and Halema`uma`u crater Lava flows spilled from Halema`uma`u pit crater (top left) from early 1800s to 1921 to build low shield on southwest caldera floor
View 2
View of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory atop Uwekahuna Bluff Uwekahuna Bluff, highest point of Kilauea's summit and location of USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park's Jaggar Museum
View 3
Lava flows in Uwekahuna Bluff, west wall of Kilauea caldera Lava flows and possible intrusion exposed in Uwekahuna Bluff in the west wall of Kilauea Caldera
View 4
Typical vegetation near caldera rim on Uwekahuna Bluff Ecological zone of the upland forests and woodlands on the northwest side of Kilauea Caldera
View 5
Northwest caldera wall of Kilauea caldera Collapsed "blocks" along western caldera wall, and Halema`uma`u pit crater
View 6
Down-faulted blocks along northeast caldera wall Down-faulted blocks or landslide on caldera wall below northeast caldera rim
View 7
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory atop Uwekahuna Bluff on west calder rim Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the National Park Service's Jaggar Museum atop Uwekahuna Bluff; lava flows on gentle slope spilled from a shield that grew before the current caldera formed
View 8
Kilauea Iki and Mauna Ulu from atop Uwekahuna Bluff Kilauea Iki (crater in top center) in front of `Aila`au shield on east side of caldera, and Mauna Ulu shield (right skyline) on east rift zone
View 9
Southwest caldera rim and caldera floor Lava flows and explosive deposits exposed on steep southwest caldera wall
View 10
Halema`uma`u pit crater and southwest rift zone within Kilauea Caldera Aerial view of Halema`uma`u Crater and start of southwest rift zone within Kilauea Caldera
View 11
Ground cracks and eruptive fissure of southwest rift zone, Kilauea Volcano Aerial view of ground cracks and eruptive fissures along the uppermost southwest rift zone leading from Halema`uma`u; lava flow erupted in 1971
View 12
Grond crack along upper southwest rift zone, Kilauea Volcano Crack and eruptive fissure along Kilauea's southwest rift zone adjacent to Crater Rim Drive
View 13
Halema`uma`u and lava flow erupted in 1974 Aerial view of Halema`uma`u (upper right) and innermost caldera fault (left); dark lava flow erupted in 1974
View 14
1974 lava flow along low southwest caldera rim Lava flow erupted in 1971 abuts the low southwest caldera wall, which is draped by the Keanakako`i Ash Member, erupted most recently in 1790 A.D., and overlying pumice deposit from about 1820

Part two of Kilauea Caldera photo tour

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Updated: 20 July 1999