Lava FIX!!!

Here’s a mid-week LAVA FIX for all the Lava Junkies out there!  🙂  These photos were taken this past week.  Enjoy!

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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.

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A toe of molten lava consumes young kupukupu ferns.

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Increasing pressure beneath fractures a recently cooled slab of pahoehoe.

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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.

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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.

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