Season 27, Episode 9 Kilauea: Mountain of Fire

First Aired: March 29, 2009

Kilauea, an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island that's believed to be about 100,000 years old, is examined. It's been spewing lava continuously since 1983, creating 500-plus acres of new land and destroying more than 200 homes. The episode highlights the LIDAR, a 3-D-imaging device scientists use to uncover the volcano's hydraulics, explores the pockets of life known as kipukas (parcels of land surrounded by lava flows), and features footage of lava entering the ocean.

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  • Premiered: October 10, 1982
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: PBS's signature (and multi-award-winning) natural-history series uses gifted wildlife documentarians and stunning photography to reveal what its first host, Donald Johanson, called `the magic and mystery of the fascinating natural world.' The series has ga… (more)

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