Radiometric dating from hawaiian volcanoes
Next in the chain is Kilauea volcano, on the south side of the Island of Hawaii. Its current eruption (known as the Pu`u `O`o Eruption) started in January 1983 and as of January 2000 had produced 1.9 km3 of lava (0.112 km3/yr), had covered 102 km2, and had added 205 hectares to Kilauea's southern shore.
In the process, lava flows unfortunately destroyed 181 houses and resurfaced 13 km of highway with as much as 25 m of lava.
But for our purposes we are interested in volcanoes for what they can possibly tell us about the age of the earth.
Hawaii, beautiful vacation land, land of peace and harmony, yet each island was born of tremendous heat and violence.
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They played a factor in forming the terrain since the Biblical territory of Bashan, the now famous Golan Heights, was formed by extinct volcanoes.
During these quieter periods, the volcano begins to rebuild itself by piling lava flow on top of lava flow.
Kilauea, however, could switch back to an explosive period without much warning, Swanson said, because scientists don't fully understand how these explosions begin.
It has also destroyed a National Park visitor center and a 700 year-old Hawaiian temple ("Waha'ula heiau" before and after).
There are no signs that the current eruption is slowing or will come to an end anytime soon.