|Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii - USA - UNESCO #409|
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - HI - USA - UNESCO #409
My first card from Hawaii! This awesome postcard pictures the Kilauea volcano that has been spewing lava since 1983 - in Hawaiian mythology Kilauea is the body of the deity Pele, goddess of fire and lightning, in permanent battle with Nāmaka, the goddess of the sea - who's going to win, place your bets! Thanks a lot Julia, I love this card and since it is a UNESCO site, I now have 65 and only 916 to the end. This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contains two of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mauna Loa (4,170 m high) and Kilauea (1,250 m high), both of which tower over the Pacific Ocean. Volcanic eruptions have created a constantly changing landscape, and the lava flows reveal surprising geological formations. Rare birds and endemic species can be found there, as well as forests of giant ferns. The calderas of Kilauea are one of most studied in the world: in fact there is a geologic station dating from 1912.