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Lava tubes are a type of lava cave formed when an active low-viscosity lava flow develops a continuous and hard crust, which thickens and forms a roof above the still-flowing lava stream. Tubes form in one of two ways: by the crusting over of lava channels, and from pahoehoe flows where the lava is moving under the surface. Lava usually leaves at the point of eruption through channels. The channels stay very hot although their surroundings are cool. When lava begins to flow away from its eruption point the surrounding lava of the pahoehoe flow cools down, resulting in the underground channel known as the lava tube.
- Surtshellir – For a long time, this was the longest known lava tube in the world.
- Víðgelmir – Another long lava tube of Iceland.
- Gruta das Torres – Lava tube system of the Azores.
- Cueva del Viento – 17 km lava tube. Tenerife, Canary Islands
- Lava River Cave – Located near Flagstaff, Arizona inside Coconino National Forest
- Lava Beds National Monument – The site of the largest concentration of lava tubes, located in Tulelake, California
- Kazumura Cave – Not only the world’s most extensive lava tube, but has the greatest linear extent of any cave known and is located in Hawaii County, Hawaii
- Lava River Cave – A lava tube in Oregon’s Newberry National Volcanic Monument, located in Deschutes County, near Bend, Oregon
- Ape Cave – Lava tube located in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, just south of Mount St. Helens in Washington state
Memorial Day always takes place on the last Monday of May, which was May 30 of this year. The holiday honors American men and women who died while serving in the military. On Memorial Day Weekend, millions of people visited cemeteries and memorials honoring their war dead. At national cemeteries, American flags were placed on each grave site. At 3:00 p.m. local time, a national moment of remembrance took place while a bugler from the United States Army Band played a haunting rendition of “Taps“.
Most people see Memorial Day Weekend as the official start of summer, so there were plenty of things for you and your family to do in your local area, especially here in California. Canoga Park’s Memorial Day Parade made a triumphant return this year after being cancelled last year due to the down economy. The parade included military marching units, bands, floats, dignitaries, antique cars, classic cars, youth groups, flyovers by military aircraft, and equestrian units. After the parade, there is a festival at Quimby Park with music, food and vendors. In Garden Grove, the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival took place during the holiday weekend, where people were treated to carnival rides, pageants, a Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest, a Red-Head Roundup Contest, a Berry Beautiful Baby Pageant, and a strawberry-themed parade on Saturday. There are so many things you can do to celebrate Memorial Day. If you did not want to go to a big public event, a nice BBQ would have kicked off the summer for you and your family or neighbors nicely!
Santa Clarita isn’t usually the first city that pops into people’s minds when they think of a vacation destination, unless they are planning a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain. The truth is, many people are not aware of things they could do here in the Santa Clarita Valley, a beautiful master-planned bedroom community north of Los Angeles that is kept very clean. One of the things the city is known for is the Paseos, which are hidden trails all throughout the community where bicycle riders and joggers can go about their daily exercise. These connecting trails give residents an easier time getting to parks, entertainment, shopping, and employment centers while enjoying the scenic path as well as being friendly to the environment.
You can enter the trailhead off the east side of McBean and park your car at the shopping centers nearby.
Auto Center Trailhead (map | street view)
You can enter it off the north side of Valencia Bl., at Auto Center Ct. There is off-street parking for vehicles and horse trailers. Benches, drinking fountain, and information kiosk can be found on site.
You can enter it off the south side of Magic Mountain Pkwy., between Valencia Bl. and San Fernando Rd., on the west bank of South Fork River. There is off- street parking for vehicles and horse trailers. Picnic tables and drinking fountain can be found on site.
You can enter it off the south side of Soledad Canyon Rd., at the Camp Plenty Rd. Off-street parking available. Drinking fountain can be found on site.
You can enter it off the south side of Soledad Canyon Rd., at Lost Canyon Rd., just south of the intersection beneath the freeway underpass. There is some street parking available. Benches, drinking fountains, water spigots, and hitching posts can be found on site.
Spring break is a time that everyone can enjoy with friends and family, especially after going to work or school for 2-3 months straight after the New Year. Throughout the years, I have had lots of fun with my family during break. We’ve been to many places throughout California for spring break, such as Sea World, Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle, Solvang, the state’s beaches, and the neighboring state of Arizona. My mom, sisters, and I all love to take trips together. A majority of my fondest childhood memories are created from these trips. Taking road trips with your family to fun places is a great way to spend spring break and welcome the summer. Keep in mind a few things when planning a spring break getaway for you and your family: plan ahead and search months in advance for cheaper deals on plane tickets and hotel rooms when they are easiest to come by; find packaged deals that include hotels, rental cars, and theme parks; and map out where you will be going if you have multiple destinations, since you may very well find extra roadside attractions along the way. Saving money while having fun is always great in any economy!
Once you are older and in college, your spring break plans become a time to blow off steam before big tests as well as a way to celebrate making it through the semester. Most college students head to the beach for spring break with their friends and other college students. Panama City Beach in Florida has a huge event for college students hosted by MTV. Over half a million students attend this event. Students can rent out condos or hotel rooms for the duration of their stay. There are many activities you can enjoy while you are there, such as the never-ending beach parties, volleyball tournaments, scuba diving, outrageous contests, performances by music artists, and night clubs. Panama City Beach is home to Club La Vela and Spinnaker, two of the biggest clubs in the country. Of course, legal age limits are enforced when it comes to drinking alcohol. Flocking to the beach communities of Florida has become a college tradition of sorts in recent years. It is something students can look forward to during the second semester of the school year. Other spring break-related events like this one take place all over the country, not all of which are hosted by MTV. If you attend, make sure to be safe!
The evening of April 22 marked the launch of the United State Air Force’s spacecraft, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, into space to test “a new batch of reusable technologies”, according to Gary Payton, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force space program. Launched into space using an Atlas V rocket booster from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the test vehicle will undergo a demonstration mission. Payton, however, would not go into further detail about the length of the mission or what exactly the demonstration will entail. Following the mission’s end, the craft will land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Following the renewed commitment of the government to the U.S. space program, we can expect more aerospace-related activity in the near future.
The Irish rock band, U2, hip hop artist, Jay-Z, and R&B artist, Rihanna, are due to appear together in London on Friday as part of the “Hope for Haiti” telethon. Although a single has been recorded, it is not clear whether it will be released or premiered during the telethon. Other acts that will take part in the telethon include Coldplay in London; Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Keith Urban in Los Angeles; and Wyclef Jean, Sting, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Bruce Springsteen in New York. Many other acts are also set to perform. The telethon will air at 8PM, EST, on MTV, VH1, CMT, BET, PBS, CNN, Bravo, and a host of other networks. In addition, the telethon will be streamed live on websites including YouTube, MySpace and AOL.
Caltrans has come up with an inexpensive way to reduce congestion and accidents on the interchange between the 5 and 110 freeways near Dodger Stadium: fluorescent bluish-white lights and electronic warning signs. The use of the lights began last week by providing a second lane to get on the northbound 5 and, without involving any major construction, doubled the connector’s capacity. A Caltrans official called the system a “dynamic lane”. If successful, the model could be expanded to other freeway connectors throughout California. Read more…