Scientists to Discuss about Volcanic Activity

Checked--Scientists to Discuss about Volcanic Activity

Scientists will give four presentations in the Kilauea Visitor Center at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The first is going to take place on Tuesday evening.

The slow lava flow offers an opportunity to know more about lava and its source, as scientists are going to share their predictions for future volcanic activity in January lectures.

The first will include an in-depth account of the lava flow that has been moving slowly towards Pahoa in the last six months. The four lectures will begin at 7 pm and there is no charge for attending the presentations, but park admission fees apply.

The presentation which will take place on January 13 is titled 'Kilauea Volcano's Dual Personality: A Historical Perspective.' USGS geologist Don Swanson will make use of historical data to explain suspicions that the eruption that started in June could lead to an explosive period.

On January 20, the focus will shift to Mauna Loa, a less active volcano about 20 miles northwest of the better-known Kilauea. Paul Okubo, USGS geophysicist, is going to discuss that how seismic tracking has evolved in the last century.

Scientists will further examine the movement of lava toward Pahoa on January 20. Geologists Ken Hon and Cheryl Gansecki of the University of Hawaii at Hilo are documenting lava flows on the Big Island for decades and now they will describe the ebb and flow of this molten rock.

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