Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (Images of America)
Located in one of the most isolated places on the earth,thousands of miles from the nearest landmass, the area surroundingthe Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park was created by violentearthquakes and fiery volcanic eruptions. Shrouded in ancient mythand legend, the park's history dates back to a time before theHawaiians first arrived. It was a time when gods and goddessesroamed throughout these islands; the most famous, the fiercegoddess of the volcanoes, Pele, is believed to live here still.It took a decade of lobbying efforts to finally preserve thisunique area as Volcanoes National Park. Since 1916, not only hasthis area been a national park for all to experience, but also thescientific advances due to the ability to constantly monitor thevolcanic activity here has had a huge impact on the science ofvolcanology, understanding earthquakes, and creating an earlywarning system for tsunamis.