Lava Fix – April 6, 2017

Here’s a HOT LAVA FIX to start your week off!  Images are from this past Thursday’s overflight.

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A vigorous breakout of lava flows around two dislodged chunks of the tube’s wall, and creates a varying array of textures as its surface cools.
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A molten stream of pahoehoe cools along its edges, creating a collection of intricate ropey braids that will likely not be seen by another human being, as once the breakout’s surface solidifies, another will cover it, obscuring these beautiful patterns forever.
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A small toe of lava oozes from beneath a crusted lobe of the March 5th flow.
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Molten lava covers an old ‘a’a field and kupukupu ferns that were just becoming established on the desolate terrain.
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Increasing pressure within the restrictive confines of a crusted flow, lifts the hardened surface and releases the buildup of molten lava.

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