Quarter 3 Environmental Science
Over Christmas break, my family and I decided to take a 13 day vacation to the big island of Hawaii. We spent the first few days right near the town of Hilo. This was on the more tropical rain forest side of Hawaii. It was not what I had imagined Hawaii to be like at all. It only rained one day, very lightly though, which was a good thing. We then went to Volcanoes National Park on Christmas Eve. We stayed in the National Park on the military base, because my sister is in the air force. On Christmas day we went out into the park with a tour guide. On this tour, the park was nearly deserted and I really felt connected with nature. There was also a slight thrill of terror seeing the damage that was caused my these volcanoes. The second week we were in Hawaii, we spent in the town of Kailua-Kona. This is more of a tourist town, but we did leave the business every day to go visit a remote beach, or even one night, drive up a mountain to visit an observatory (which was miserable because it was colder than Chicago up there, and about 10x more windy). The time I spent with my family in a very nature-filled place was amazing, and way better than spending the time at home in the cold.
This article is about the effect of humans, pollution, fishing, and global warming on the ocean reefs. Ten percent of the world's reefs have been completely destroyed.Warming of the ocean causes corals to sicken and die. Even a rise of one degree in the average water temperature can hurt the coral. Divers also destroy the coral when they dive for fish because they are not careful about leaving the environment surrounding the fish intact. They even use dynamite and cyanide to gather mass quantities of fish, effectively killing all the coral.
In Hawaii, I went snorkeling almost every day the second week, and the coral and fish life was beautiful. We were warned when we got our gear not to touch the coral because it will die and decrease the fish's living area even further. To save the coral, divers can be more careful about the way they collect fish, or hey, maybe even just leave the fish alone in their natural environment.
This article is about volcanoes. Volcanoes are pretty much vents on the Earth's surface where molten rock, debris, and gases from the planet's interior are emitted. When thick magma and large amounts of gas build up under the surface, eruptions can be explosive, expelling lava, rocks and ash into the air. Less gas and more viscous magma usually mean a less dramatic eruption, often causing streams of lava to ooze from the vent. A large eruption can be extremely dangerous for people living near a volcano. Flows of searing lava, which can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or more, can be released, burning everything in its path, including whole towns.
When in Hawaii, a nearby highway was threatened to be covered my flowing lava. Throughout the entire big island of Hawaii, volcano devastation is evident. There is little the people of Hawaii can do about this impending devastation because they essentially living on an active volcano.