Volcanoes National Park, Big Island of Hawai'i
This year's geodynamics field trip went to the Big Island of Hawai'i and the Volcanoes National Park to visit several sites of past and present volcanism including Hawaii's tallest volcano, Mauna Kea, the lava flows xenolith nodules beds of Kaupulehu, a primary eruptive vent on the flank of Mauna Loa volcano at South Point near Kealakekua, and the youngest and most active volcano on the Big Island, Kilauea. This allowed the group to see and experience first hand the elements of volcanism and to continue the debate about the nature of mantle hotspots exemplified by this year's very controversial seminar series.
The field trip to the Volcanoes National Park, Big Island of Hawai'i was led by Adam Soule from WHOI. Don Anderson, Scientist-in-Charge (SIC) of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory escorted the group around the Kilanea Caldera and environs. The complete list of participants is below:
Emily Van Ark
Pilar Llanes Estrada
May 22: Travel to Kona (group arrives ~2pm). Find
hostel (Pineapple Park). Shopping trip for food and incidentals and
May 23: Drive to Mauna Kea. Stop at Pu'u Huluhulu. Look at glacial deposits, post-shied volcanism, and inflated flows.
May 24: Pick up keys to Kaupulehu flow property, look at xenolith beds, drive to Pu'u Wa'aWa'a trachyte flow.
May 25: Kealakekua Bay. South Point. Drive to Hilo.
May 26: Tour of Kilauea Caldera and explosive volcanism with Don Swanson. Active flows in the evening.
May 27: Active flows, Pu'u Loa petroglyphs, Kilauea Iki.
May 28: GPS and deformation with Peter Cervelli, more time in Park, Hilo tsunami museum.
May 29: Drive back to Kona, fly home.