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UC Photographer Captures Beauty of Hawaiian Volcanoes

Date: Sept. 17, 2002
Photos by: Lisa Ventre
UC Photographic Services
Phone: (513) 556-0394

The University of Cincinnati is offering a special course on volcanoes this month, taking 14 students and faculty across Hawaii's Big Island for an in-depth study of three major volcanoes there. Two UC photographers, Lisa Ventre and Colleen Kelley are documenting the trip on film and video. Here is a sample of what they've seen so far.

UC would like to acknowledge the gracious assistance of Don Swanson, scientist-in-charge at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory for his assistance in sending back images and information about the trip.

  • First Days on the Big Island.
  • Field Work around the Kilauea Caldera.
  • "Hard Times" in Hawaii.
  • Moving On to Maui to Learn How Volcanoes Age

  • Lava Flows at Sunrise
    Rising before dawn, Lisa Ventre captured this scene of the Kilauea volcano lava flows. The UC students will compare these flows with those left by older volcanoes. Kilauea lava flows at sunrise

    Larger version of the sunrise image.

    Risky Work in the Field
    Tammie Gerke earned her doctoral degree in geology at UC in 1995 and continues to collaborate with the trip's organizer, UC geology Professor Attila Kilinc. Here, she is working to sample the lava flows which can reach more than 600 degrees Celsius. Nighttime view of lava flows

    Larger version of image.

    Nighttime on the Big Island
    One of the most spectacular sights on the Big Island is watching the steaming lava flow into the Pacific Ocean at night. This flow began in the spring and first reached the ocean in early July. Nighttime view of lava flows

    Larger version of the nighttime image.

    Endangered Species Adapt to Big Island
    The NeNe birds are a rare sight in Hawaii. The bird is also known as the Hawaiian goose.

    Its feet are changing to adapt to a land environment, instead of a watery one. Endangered NeNe birds on Hawaii

    Larger version of the bird image.

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