In three short weeks I will be departing Los Angeles and flying to the island of Hawai’i, also known as the Big Island. I’ll be living and working at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. This site will serve as my brain and image dump for my time on the island, and hopefully it will be informative and entertaining for all who peruse it.
The work I will be doing is aimed at producing the most complete geologic map ever of Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano. Each and every lava flow needs to be catalogued in painstaking detail. Of course, I’m just assisting with the project…the joy of life as a grad student, right? I’ll also be collecting and processing samples for paleomagnetic dating. There will be much more, I’m sure. For now that seems an adequate introduction. Once I get to the island I’ll update the site’s header image with something specific to Mauna Loa. For now, you’ll have to settle for an image of Kaho’olawe as seen during a sunset on Maui.