Lavas, lichens and ferns, Hawaii 1980

Childs, Iraphne R. (1980) Lavas, lichens and ferns, Hawaii 1980. [Image]

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The first plants to colonise new lava fields of Kilauea volcano are lichens, mosses and ferns. The basaltic Hawaiian lavas produce fertile soils and rainfall around Kilauea is high. Plants take root in small pockets in the solidified cooled lava where rainwater collects and soil nutrients begin to form. The fern in this image is a Polypodium pellucidum one of the most common ferns on the lava fields.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: lava; ferns; native plants
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:03
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:38
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or TownPlace
United States of AmericaHawaiiHawaii Volcanoes National ParkKilauea Volcano
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