Hawaiian volcanism and impacts
Hawaii is the most isolated populated area in the world and a home to great geographical and cultural diversity. An active volcanic chain where none should be ensures fascinating geology but makes it prone to tsunamis sweeping across the Pacific.
On my first visit here, I sampled molten lava from lava lakes and can bring those samples with me. My most recent visit saw me exploring shield volcanoes, lava tubes, lava flows and the tsunami alert system and areas that have been destroyed by tsunami. Impacts and adaptation to natural hazard can be seen everywhere and are captured in images and video. While an anomaly to the normal plate tectonic system, Hawaii nevertheless gives us great insights into other parts of the world.
(This talk is for schools. Click here for my Hawaii talk aimed at a general audience).