I have been fascinated by the story of Pompeii since I was a little girl. I remember writing “research papers” about it in elementary school. I wrote on the subject several times and it wasn’t because I wanted to be lazy and re-use what I had already written; I truly was so fascinated by Pompeii that I wrote about it more than once!
Within the last year, I’ve watched a documentary about Pompeii, plus the 2014 Motion Picture: Pompeii. Though I realize the movie was largely a work of fiction, I was still compelled to watch it anyway. I am fascinated by the details of what happened when Mount Vesuvius erupted, as recorded by Pliny the Younger (who witnessed it and wrote about it in exquisite detail).
I have a friend who is like a sister to me. Her family was stationed in England twice and they went on so many wonderful trips. One such adventure was to Pompeii. I am not the least bit jealous. LOL! I loved seeing the pictures they took!
In 2003, while living in Hawaii (which is where I met the friend mentioned above), I had the chance to visit Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. I saw miles and miles of black desert (created by old lava) and a black sand beach, plus I saw just-hardened lava flows, and still-active lava flows. At night, you can see the glow in the distance as lava flows off Kīlauea Volcano toward the sea. Those flows have added about 500 acres of new land to the southern shore of Kīlauea! Isn’t that cool?!
While there, we toured the park, including a visit to Crater Rim. I peered over the edge while 4.5 months pregnant with Hawaii Boy, a fact that my husband and has not let me forget. He is just certain I was moments away from slipping and falling to the bottom, thus facilitating my death and the death of our unborn son. Let me just say, I am not a daredevil and I am clumsy, yet I did not feel the least bit compromised. I think he just couldn’t see that I was fine because he was so far away from where I was, you know, where the warning signs were. LOL! I still believe I wasn’t in any danger, but perhaps it was a “Do not try this at home” moment!
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Halema‘uma‘u Lights the Morning Sky
Photo taken from the Jaggar Museum viewing area
on April 24, 2015 @ 5:13 a.m.
As you know, Educents is one of my favorite sites for educational resources. As an Educents affiliate and blogger, I receive pre-written posts from them that I can share. One such post – about volcanoes, of course – is below. Enjoy!
Volcano Facts for Kids
There are about 1,900 active volcanoes on the earth. This means they have erupted recently or they might erupt. Some volcanoes are extinct. Over 80 volcanoes have been found in the ocean.
Most volcanoes happen on fault lines, or cracks in the Earth’s surface.
Most of the earth’s volcanoes are in the Pacific Ocean, in an area called the Ring of Fire.
The word “volcano” comes from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
Lava from volcanoes can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Volcanoes spew out ash and toxic gases, as well as lava and lava boulders.
Volcano Science Experiment for Kids
Check out the video below of kids using household chemicals to recreate a volcanic eruption!
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