The recent eruptions of the Kilauea volcano have reminded us of the humbling power of nature, have drawn our attention to the hazards associated with active volcanoes such as ash plumes, earthquakes, and vog (volcanic smog), and have disrupted the lives of thousands of Hawaiians. We wish for safety and a smooth recovery for all of those affected, and here are some resources to stay up-to-date about what is happening:
Kilauea is a highly active volcano—lava has been flowing almost continuously since 1983. Kilauea means “spewing,” and it is a type of shield volcano. Researchers study the changes in Kilauea’s magma composition and temperature over time. Scientists also track the amount of seismic activity and sulfur dioxide emissions of Kilauea. Tracking Kilauea’s behavior allows scientists to predict when Kilauea will erupt, giving people living near the volcano time to evacuate and demonstrating how science saves lives.
What do we have on volcanoes at the UI Libraries?
See Kilauea and other volcanic images online in our collection of Geoscience Slides. This magnificent collection includes more than volcanoes. There are thousands of images of U.S. National Parks depicting caverns, rivers, mountains, lakes, and other natural environments.
Watch streaming videos:
Hawaiian Volcanoes: From Source to Surface, Volcanoes of the World, The Encyclopedia of Volcanoes, and Sulfur in Magmas and Melts: Its Importance for Natural and Technical Processes. Search InfoHawk+ or ask a librarian to find more.