|Rising gases are a result of volcanic activity.|
Our tour arrives at Jaggar Museum, and we observe glowing displays of red-hot lava in the crater there. We walk steamy Sulfur Banks Trails filled with craters bubbling up strong- smelling sulfur dioxide gas. Then we drive the winding Chain of Craters Road where magma swells and forms a rift along which eruptions occur. A 36-mile round-trip drive, Chain of Craters Road descends 3,700 feet to the coast and ends at a 2003 lava flow.
|The volcanic rift is easily seen in this photo.|
|Walking on a lava field|
|Vegetation is just beginning to appear after this lava|
flow. No reconstruction has taken place here.
Check on updates from the summer 2014 eruption. if you plan to visit
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier