the newest land on earth

Tropical weather+volcano=paradise. For me, anyway.

The newest land on the planet is being generated from Kilauea Volcano on the southern coast of Hawaii. Hawaii, the state, is a chain of shield volcanoes which tend to generate lava flows a toddler could run from.

This lava flows downhill toward the coast and, over time, creates a delta, which ultimately extends the coastline of Hawaii. Thus, the new land.

From November 1986 through December 2009, the lava created 475 acres of new land. (That’s from one single eruption, by the way. 23 years).

When the lava reaches the ocean, it vaporizes the water and creates a mad plume of steam:

Kilauea plume

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