Friday, April 25, 2008

Twenty-Five Years ... and Counting

"My advice is to buy land, because they ain't making any more of it."
-- Will Rodgers

Well, not so ... at least not on the Island of Hawaii, the largest of the eight main islands in this chain, where Kilauea volcano has been erupting steadily for more than 25 years. It is not, I hasten to add, a violent eruption. Rather, the volcano has been steadily pumping out molten lava which flows down its flanks, eventually ending up in the sea, as in the photo. In the process, almost 600 acres (230 hectares) of new land has been created.

Here on Maui, we've had several days of almost no breeze, so there is a haze in the air. Most of it is very fine ash -- we call it vog -- coming from Kilauea, which is about 100 miles away.

I've lived here for more than 45 years, but still find these islands endlessly fascinating.


(Photo by Bob Bangerter from today's Maui News)

2 comments:

Susan Och said...

My uncle served as superintendent at Volanoes National Park back in th 1970's. He likes to tell of the time he was reprimanded for "adding to the area of a national park without an Act of Congress."

JIM LOOMIS said...

These days it seems to take an "Act of Congress" to do anything! I appreciate the comment.
Cheers!