Friday, June 13, 2008

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USA

Alohaaa!!!! A Card from Hawaii!!! First from a set of two.

This is from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

It displays the results of hundreds of thousands of years of volcanism migration, and evolution, processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture. The park encompasses diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit of the earth's most massive volcano Mauna Loa. Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, offers scientists insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and visitors' views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been designated as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980 and a World Heritage Site in 1987.

The picture here shows a steaming bluff at sunset on Crater Rim Trail. Here, rain water comes in contact with hot rocks deep below and the steam produced condenses into water vapour as it reaches the surface.

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