Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Kilauea Geology

Geology of Kilauea Volcano

PROJECT DESCRIPTION Monitoring the ongoing eruption of Kilauea Volcano is the primary job of the Geology group. The active flow field today extends from the Pu`u `O`o vent at about the 2400-ft elevation to the coastal plain, 10 km distant. We map newly emplaced lava flows, collect samples of fresh lava, measure changes in vent configuration, and alert the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park and local government of any hazards posed by the eruption.
VOLUNTEER DUTIES Geology-group field work includes periodic helicopter flights and foot traverses to the active flow field. Volunteers assist with geologic mapping, lava sampling, and recording field observations. They help with geodetic and geophysical measurements and studies of inactive parts of the volcano. Volunteers also assist with office-related tasks, such as processing geologic samples for geochemical and petrographic analysis, logging images from time-lapse cameras at the eruption site, and archiving digital data.
Applicants must be at least 20 yrs old, and should be either working toward a degree in earth science, have already completed such a degree, or have equivalent work experience. Computer savvy preferred. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be willing to spend a day hiking over uneven ground in the rain with a heavy pack. Applicants should not have respiratory or other health problems that might be aggravated by exposure to volcanic fumes or intense heat. They must provide their own field gear, including a large-sized day pack, raingear, and sturdy, leather hiking boots.

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