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Volcanoes of Hawai`i

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.

Kilauea Volcano

Time Lapse Movies

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have built camera systems to act as surrogate eyes. These time lapse camera systems supplement the near-real-time Pu`u `O`o webcam and the Mauna Loa webcam by providing an inexpensive alternative that can be rapidly and easily deployed. These camera systems have allowed Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists to document a variety of exciting volcanic processes that occur on active shield volcanoes. The time lapse movies illustrate many of these processes.

Tour of summit caldera

East rift zone photographs

Pu`u` `O`o - Kupaianaha eruption

Mauna Loa Volcano

Spotlight Image Archive

Other USGS photo galleries of volcanoes

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. skip past bottom navigational bar

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Updated: 14 November 2006 (pnf)