Hawaii 01/14/05

MODIS image of Hawaii

MODIS true color image (bands 1, 4, 3) of Hawaii, 14 January 2005.

Two spots of snow cover the peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the main island of Hawaii in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from January 14, 2005. This island is formed from three of the most active volcanoes in the world, the third being Mount Kilauea, which is on the southeastern shore and is outlined in red. Of the three, Mt. Kilauea is the most active, having started its most recent erupting in 1983, and not stopping since. The vast majority of the surface of the volcano is covered by lava flows less than 1,000 years old, which shows how active and prolific the volcano is.

Text and image courtesy of NASA's MODIS Land Rapid Response Team.