Vol­cano rain­ing gems on Hawaii

The Daily Examiner - - WORLD -

AF­TER weeks of spew­ing ash and lava, Hawaii’s Kilauea vol­cano is now shoot­ing green crys­tals into the air.

The tiny green gems, known as olivines, have been dis­cov­ered by res­i­dents liv­ing on Hawaii’s Big Is­land.

“Yes, the lava that is erupt­ing now is very crys­tal-rich and it is quite pos­si­ble that res­i­dents might be find­ing olivine,” Ch­eryl Gansecki, a ge­ol­o­gist at the Univer­sity of Hawaii-Hilo, told Mash­able.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Gansecki, the olivine is car­ried in the rapidly cooled lava, not the plume of ash.

Lo­cals have re­ported find­ing the tiny green gems on the ground and posted their dis­cov­er­ies on so­cial me­dia.

“In the midst of the de­struc­tion nearby & stress of the un­known, (my friends) woke up to this – tiny pieces of olivine all over the ground. It is lit­er­ally rain­ing gems. Na­ture is truly amaz­ing,” wrote Erin Jor­dan on Twit­ter.

An­other Twit­ter user GEOetc called them “Kilauea’s lit­tle gems”.

The gems can be sep­a­rated from the lava as it ex­plodes through the ocean and breaks into smaller pieces. The olivine can also sim­ply “fall out” of the lava as it erupts into the air.

Pic­ture: TWIT­TER/ERIN JOR­DAN

Tiny green gems, known as olivine, are be­ing dis­cov­ered in Hawaii in the ar­eas most im­pacted by the vol­cano’s lava.

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