Hawaii Volcanoes

    View of ocean entry steam plume through an Ohia tree,

    who's Lehua blossom is the official flower of the Big Island.   

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    Kilauea caldera with Mauna Loa in the background

    on a rare sunny day

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    Kilauea caldera showing live steam vent. This vent is

    strong in sulfur dioxide as can be seen by the yellow

    residue being deposited on the rocks.

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   Molten lava flowing over a 40 foot cliff down

   to a lava bench which was about 15 feet above

   the sea near Wahaula.

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    Molten lava flowing over a 40 foot cliff down

    to a lava bench which was about 15 feet above

    the sea near Wahaula.

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   Lava surface flow generating Pahoehoe lava

   about 100 meters from the sea cliffs at Wahaula.

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   Pu'u 'O' o, source of the current eruption of

   the Kilauea volcano.

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   Littoral explosion sends molten lava

   streamers into the air. 

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   Several fingers of molten lava dribble into the ocean, 

   while background explosions illuminate the steam plume.

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   Several fingers of molten lava dribble into the

   ocean from a newly formed lava bench.

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   The light and heat of a moving a'a flow is reflected 

   off the surface of an older pahoehoe flow.  

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   An active a'a flow descends Pulama pali

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   A steam plume rich in hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles

   rushes skyward as lava enters the Pacific ocean.

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   A steam bubble forms from a littoral explosion

   as the surf covers  molten lava.

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   A couple of days later, the kipuka (tree island) in the

   background was burned by another flow.

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   Large and small chunks of a'a lava clink and clack as it 

   rolls off the surface of the flow descending Pulama pali.