Aloha! On this page you will find a small sampling of pictures from our January 2008 field trip to the Big Island. We spent eight days exploring the island from top (the observatories on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa) to bottom (black sand and green sand beaches). Although we were never able to get close enough to view the active flows we did see an spectacular array of volcanic features including pristine aa and pahoehoe flows, tree casts and spatter ramparts, Pele's hair and reticulite, cinder cones and littoral cones, and ultramafic xenoliths. The students also participated in gravity surveys around Kilauea caldera. In addition to studying geology we also visited a botanical garden, went snorkeling with sea turtles, and frequented Ken's House of Pancakes in Hilo. Our trip was made possible in part by support from the Geology Department's Dan Johnson Field Research Fund.
This page is dedicated to the memory of Professor Stewart Lowther, friend, colleague, and co-leader of this trip.