Kīlauea Volcano — Tracking Active Lava Flows

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U.S. Geological survey scientists use fly-overs to track active lava flows. 


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Length: 00:01:16

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Text: USGS scientists conduct fly-overs daily to track active lava flows along Kilauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone. 

The work that we're doing here has importance for the future by the example it sets in terms of physical observation in the field that are meaningful. And the creativity and craft of technology to expand our understanding of how this volcano works. 

Both in terms of its subterranean behavior. Patterns of activity, signals that it provides that otherwise would be missed without the assistance of that technology and so on. 

In the future there'll be new technologies, there'll still be a need for physical observation however to correlate with what our clever use of instruments and monitoring equipment tells us.