ALB's Nature Journal

Aloha! Welcome to ALB's Nature Journal. I hope that this site will become useful for both you and I. Throughout the spring 2006 semester, I hope to become excited and intreged about the world of science. I look forward to this class sparking an interest in this field and help me to learn new fun and enjoyable ways of teaching science.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

What's the scoop on...LO'IHI?

I ask what's the scoop on LO'IHI but you may be asking who or what is Lo'ihi? Well Lo'ihi is known as the "youngest volcano" in the Hawaiian chain or to some known as the new island being formed. Lo'ihi is actually a undersea mountain rising more than 3,000 meters above the floor of the Pacific Ocean. It is located 15 miles southeast of Kilauea volcano. Earthquake swarms indicate that the volcano is active. The summit of the volcano is 3,178 feet (969 miles) below sea level and contains a caldera-like depression. If Lo'ihi erupts at around the same rates of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, it will reach sea level in a few tens of thousands of years. Lo'ihi shares the Hawaiian hot spot with its larger active siblings Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Because the Hawaiian Islands are moving northernwest, Mauna Loa is slowly moving off the hot spot and one day Lo'ihi will be right above it.

An eruption at Lo'ihi has yet to be observed, but scientists from the University of Hawaii have recently made many submersible dives to the volcano and deployed instruments on its summit to study it. The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) and others conduct regular monitoring and supports research projects that study the Lo'ihi hydrothermal systems and its biological communities.

This is a photo of the HURL working and gathering data at Lo'ihi.


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