Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park


Inscribed 1987

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park contains Mauna Loa and Kilauea, two of the world’s most active and accessible volcanoes where ongoing geological processes are easily observed. This property serves as an excellent example of island building through volcanic processes. Volcanic eruptions have created a constantly changing landscape, and the lava flows reveal surprising geological formations. Rare birds and endemic species can be found here, as well as forests of giant ferns.


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During a volcanic eruption, we are reminded that our planet is an ever-changing environment whose basic processes are beyond human control.

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Cooled lava creates rock that extends the area of the island every day.

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A lava flow cools as it travels downhill.

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An entrance to a cave created by lava flowing through the island.

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Volcanoes are monuments to Earth’s origin, evidence that its primordial forces are still at work.

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Molten lava flows into the Pacific Ocean creating massive steam plumes.

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Map of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.