Volcanoes National Park, The Big Island of Hawaii
As I was sitting here taking this photo, I couldn’t help but notice that the rough surface below me was extremely hot. Yet the person sitting beside me did not seem to be bothered. Apparently the ground below her, just inches away, was not hot at all. I was obviously sitting on a spot where the lava crust was thin and the molten lava we were watching flow into the sea was also flowing underneath me. I decided that a quick shuffle to the right was in my best interest. The Big Island is not only the largest of the Hawaiian islands, it’s also the youngest. The longest ongoing eruption on the planet, it grows more every day as lava from the Kilauea Volcano flows into the Pacific, creating an ever-changing landscape, slowly expanding its shoreline. Mauna Kea, at 4,205 metres (13,796 ft), is the highest point on the island. It extends 6,000 metres (19,680 ft) below sea level to the ocean floor and when measured from its base is the highest mountain in the world.
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