Mike Neilson's Images
Assorted Images from my collection
I went to Hawaii specifically to see molten lava. Kilauea, on the Big Island, has frequently erupted since 1983 and during my time there molten lava was flowing subsurface along lava tubes to the ocean at Puhi-o-Kalaikini. It is often called a tourist volcano, because its eruptions are mainly lava.
The Hawaiian island chain formed when the Pacific Plate drifted to the northwest oven a plume of hot material in the mantle. As the plate moved to the northwest it took the volcanoes formed by the plume. A chain of extinct volcanoes stretches to northwest from the Hawaiian chain some 3,600 miles to Midway Island.