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A Tour of U.S. National Parks

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the world's most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Its landscape is the result of 70 million years of volcanism. Since 1983, Kilauea has erupted lava almost continuously, creating new geologic features that include cinder cones, craters, and rivers of lava. Every time a volcano erupts, lava flow adds acres of new land to the island. Over 568 acres of new land has been added to the southern shore of Kilauea since 1983.

Fun Fact: There are two native butterflies found in Hawaii, including the Kamehameha butterfly and the Blackburn's little blue butterfly.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

Next: The Great Smokey Mountains National Park

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