IMAGES: Chronicle of an Eruption

Science  16 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5584, pp. 1099e
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5584.1099e

A rivulet of lava from the dazzling and sometimes deadly Kilauea volcano tumbles into the sea. The Hawaiian volcano has wowed tourists and volcanologists this year, and you can follow the fireworks at this site from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, which sits at the edge of Kilauea's crater. Scientists there post daily on-the-spot reports, eye-catching photos, video, maps, and data such as readings from tiltmeters that monitor the slope of the ground, an indicator of lava buildup beneath the summit. Kilauea's current outburst began in 1983, and the volcano has been leaking lava almost continually for the last 16 years. Kilauea is one of the easiest volcanoes to study, and research there might clarify questions such as how volcanic emissions influence global temperatures and contribute to air pollution.

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