Study Tour - 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.