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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Although not truly a desert, this arid region can seem like one, especially in the middle of such an expansive lava plain. 


Hillsides down hill from Halemaumau and Kilauea Iki clearly bear marks of previous flows.  Among the old flows lay remnants of what lay in their path. 

Halemaumau Crater Anything downwind of Halemaumau's thick plume is prone to be trapped in vog, or volcanic fog.  The vog tends to remain just below the inversion layer or 6,000 ft. altitude.  Higher elevations between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are seldom affected.  But from these heights vog can be seen drifting down the island chain.