Comments:Halema`uma`u crater erupts in Hawaii, USA

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Good workEdit

Good work. Awesome pictures. This was a nice article. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 02:28, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

The edits, which were removed from the article by A101 and, which IMO were adding value to the article and should have stayedEdit

Eruptive historyEdit

William Ellis, a missionary and amateur ethnographer and geologist, published the first description of Halemaʻumaʻu as it appeared in 1823.

Astonishment and awe for some moments rendered us mute, and like statues, we stood fixed to the spot, with our eyes riveted on the abyss below. Immediately before us yawned an immense gulf, in the form of a crescent, about two miles in length, from north-east to south-west, nearly a mile in width, and apparently 800 feet deep. The bottom was covered with lava, and the south-west and northern parts of it were one vast flood of burning matter, in a state of terrific ebullition, rolling to and fro its “fiery surge” and flaming billows.

In 1866 Mark Twain, an American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer hiked to the Caldera floor.Here's his account of the lake of molten lava, which he found there:

It was like gazing at the sun at noon-day, except that the glare was not quite so white. At unequal distances all around the shores of the lake were nearly white-hot chimneys or hollow drums of lava, four or five feet high, and up through them were bursting gorgeous sprays of lava-gouts and gem spangles, some white, some red and some golden--a ceaseless bombardment, and one that fascinated the eye with its unapproachable splendor. The mere distant jets, sparkling up through an intervening gossamer veil of vapor, seemed miles away; and the further the curving ranks of fiery fountains receded, the more fairy-like and beautiful they appeared.

The level of the lava lake varied over the decades and at times was only 30 metres (100 ft) below the crater rim. In 1924, explosive eruptions sent dust high into the atmosphere and doubled the diameter of the crater. Fractures allowed the lava lake to drain to the east until its surface was 366 metres (1,200 ft) below the caldera floor. Subsequent eruptions have mostly refilled the crater.

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--Mbz1 - (talk) 13:18, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Response by Anonymous101 to the above commentEdit

I removed your edits because, according to policy, edits should not be made to articles after they have been published for two days. (this excludes minor edits, but this was not a minor edit)--A101 - (talk) 14:26, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

me emboba el tema de los volcanes yo vivo cerca de dos colosos el volcan de fuego y de nieve en colima mexico y se me hacen tan imponentes mis respetos y a la vez me siento mal por las perdidas humanas pero aun asi me encantan...saludos dsd colima mexico