Hawaii, Lava Tube

28 Oct

Behind us is the entrance of a vacant Lava Tube. Lava tubes are natural tunnels where lava flows underneath the ground, in may cases for miles. When the eruption is finished the tubes run dry and leave behind tunnels that look man-made. This is caused by low viscosity lava. It forms a hard crust that gets thicker and thicker, while lava is flowing inside it.

It was mind boggling to walk through something that once was filled with liquid rock.


Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Earth Changes, Hawaii, Science


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2 responses to “Hawaii, Lava Tube

  1. in every atom

    November 14, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I have never heard of such a thing. I love the name too, lava tube. If one where to walk into these tubes, where does it lead to? Are they interconnected, so that one can get lost inside them, like in a maze?
    It looks cold inside there, as you are both wearing jackets. And a nice picture of you both. 🙂

    • Craig & Joe

      November 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks. Our guides made us bring jackets, I thought they were crazy, but the top of the volcano gets very cold because it is so high. The lava tubes can extend all the way to the source or the cone of the volcano. We only walked the part the Park had lit. But some adventurous souls did travel further into the dark tunnel. I am not that brave. I do not know if they are interconnected or not and never thought to ask.


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