Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

This year, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park celebrates its 95-th anniversary. Neither a professional photo nor a thousand words can describe the beauty and the power of that place. Here you can observe the result of millennial volcanic activity. The total are of the park is about 1500 square kilometers.

Steaming stones with the smell of sulfur and craters – that’s what Volcanoes National Park is.

There are places where lava and the ocean get together…

The ancient Hawaiian giant called the top of Haleakala Mountain (3055m) “the House of the Sun”. In fact, Haleakala is an active volcano. Last time it erupted, according to different data, between 1600 and 1790.

A high-mountain observatory of Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) which develops Maui Space Surveillance System (MSSS) and Maui Space Surveillance Complex (MSSC).

The Haleakala Silversword – a flower which can be seen only on that mountain between the heights of 2100m and 3000m. Its top height is about 3 meters. The flower is under state protection.

Nakalene Blowhole – a lava coast underwashed by the ocean. Maui Island, Hawaii.

via igorlaptev

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