Chasing Lava

A Geologist's Adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

This book looks at the Hawaiian volcanoes in a new perspective. It tells about the plate tectonics behind the eruptions and many unseen aspects of Hawaii's volcanoes. See table of contents below.

Chasing Lava: A Geologist's Adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano ObservatoryTable of Contents

Chapter 1. A Farm Boy's Image of Hawai'i1
Chapter 2. A Volcano Observatory Is Born5
Chapter 3. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Grows21
Chapter 4. Mingo Leads the Way31
Chapter 5. Our New Home35
Chapter 6. Focusing In: The Hawaiian Islands and Their String of Old Neighbors41
Chapter 7. Taking the Pulse of Kilauea51
Chapter 8. Are You on the Level?57
Chapter 9. A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine, a Geodimeter, and Thou63
Chapter 10. You're Right! That IS a Snake!!71
Chapter 11. Yellow Runoff77
Chapter 12. Water Beds and Magma Beds83
Chapter 13. Tree Molds and Leg Molds89
Chapter 14. A Suffocating Experience97
Chapter 15. How Fast Can You Run?101
Chapter 16. Living off the Land107
Chapter 17. Camping at Halape111
Chapter 18. Swords into Plowshares, Spears into Pruning Hooks117
Chapter 19. Disharmonious Tremor and Premature Eruptions123
Chapter 20. Tainted Lava129
Chapter 21. The Dance of the Plates133
Chapter 22. Why I Cruise Parking Lots139
Chapter 23. The South Flank Story143
Chapter 24. Mingo Goes Home153
Chapter 25. Epilogue: Sharing the Fruits of Maturation157
A Gallery of Directors and Scientists-in-Charge of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory,
Additional Readings for the Technically Inclined164