Where the lava I’ll be living on comes from.

The USGS maintains a website of useful information on the Big Island, with particular reference to (guess what?) volcanoes. I’ve been fascinated by volcanoes since I wrote a paper on them for a junior high school science class, so I guess it’s not too odd that I’m going to¬† be living on the flanks of one.

Volcanic and Seismic Hazards on the Island of Hawaii: Table of Contents.

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That science class, by the way, must have been in the very early 60s. What I remember most clearly about it was arguing with the scary teacher about whether the indent of Africa and the bump of South America had something to do with each other. He told me I was a brainless girl. Years later, when plate tectonics became an accepted theory, I wanted to find him and laugh — but found that I was still scared of him! He paddled the boys and looked down the fronts of the girls’ blouses, and was all together a bad, bad man.

 

One thought on “Where the lava I’ll be living on comes from.

  1. leah

    Recently I looked up plate tectonics and was stunned to learn that it was only about 1964 that the theory became accepted. Like you, I always noticed how the continents all fit together like pieces of a puzzle. How could we not have always known it was true?

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