Here’s a mid-week LAVA FIX for all the Lava Junkies out there! 🙂 These photos were taken this past week. Enjoy!
A breakout mid-flow occurs about a mile downslope from Pu‘u ‘O‘o, as pressure builds from within and ruptures the crust of the flow.
A toe of molten lava consumes young kupukupu ferns.
Increasing pressure beneath fractures a recently cooled slab of pahoehoe.
A slowing river of lava cools rapidly, hardening its surface, temporarily confining its molten contents until pressure from within exceeds the tensile strength of the crust.
Toes of pahoehoe expand the flow field on Pu‘u ‘O‘o’s eastern flank as the two month old lobe continues to slowly advance.