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Creator
Margery H. Freeman
Date created
March 4, 1993
Location
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
License
This photograph copyright ©1993. All Rights Reserved

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Bubbling lava at Puu Oo Vent on Kilauea Volcano, HI

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Bubbling lava at Puu Oo Vent on Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on the southeastern corner of the largest, youngest island of the Hawaiian Archipelago. The archipelago is located over 2,000 miles from the nearest continent, which has allowed Hawaii develop in geographic and biological isolation, and as a result, over 90% of its native flora and fauna are endemic to the state. These native species are being crowded and threatened by introduced species, making Hawaii the leading U.S. state for federally-listed endangered species and extinctions. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contains the world’s most massive volcano, Mauna Loa (13,677 feet), as well as one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea Volcano, whose lava flows have added over 570 acres of land to the southern shore of the island and covered parts of the former highway with lava as deep as 115 feet.