View taken from Volcano House, looking out towards the floor of Kilauea Caldera and (where there are steam vents close to the top of the image) Halemaumau crater. The interesting part of this image is the dense vegetation that has developed on the block faults that lead down on to the caldera floor. There are many trees that exceed ~10 in height on these blocks, and it is apparent that this part of the caldera has not been affected by eruptions for several hundred years. Ignore the light green vegetation in the foreground, this is introduced to please the tourists and is only present along the rim. In addition to the vegetation on these block faults, part of the radar brightness could also be due to the numerous scree deposits that have formed at the base of each scarp. From here you can continue on to Site 6 or you can pick another point from the Radar Tour page.
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Author: Peter Mouginis-Mark
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Curator: Lori Glaze