College students get hands-on lava lesson on Big Island

College students get hands-on lava lesson on Big Island
Published: Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM HST
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College students from the University of Hawaii at Hilo had a chance to see the work of Madame Pele in person this weekend, as a Volcanology class left the confines of campus and studied a lava flow at Kalapana on the Big Island.

The students learned how to take measurements on active volcanoes, as well as how to read properties of lava.

The professor of the class says nothing compares to a hands-on lesson, especially when it comes to volcanoes.

"We can read about things in a book. We can do math equations and stuff like that, said Professor Ken Hon. "But then it really sets it off for people when they can actually come out and see all of that happen before their eyes."

One of Hon's students says the experience is unique to students on the Big Island.

"It's definitely an experience that I suggest everybody have," said Meghann Decker. "You get to see Earth being created. Can't do that in many other places."

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