Lava Update | February 15, 2018

Very much like our flight on February 1st, a stationary cell of weather sat over much of the eruption zone, this time, just a bit further inland than last, so our approach was from the makai (seaward) direction as Pu‘u ‘O‘o was socked in. Several streams of lava were active on Pulama Pali, and a bit more were visible above the steep hillside. Thick, low cloud cover prevented us from flying over the western lobe that has been inundating the kipuka, but flights over the area earlier in the week saw a good deal of activity there. See the latest photos below!

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A long river of lava flows down Pulama Pali, beginning as pahoehoe, and ending as ‘a‘a at its leading edge.
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An overhead view of the long river of lava flowing down Pulama Pali.
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A litte breakout of pahoehoe on Pulama Pali creates a ropey, textured surface, as the flow advances down the steep hillside.
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A wide river of molten lava narrows to 4 streams as its surface and edges cool.
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A breakout above the pali advances the leading edge.
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Molten pahoehoe streams from beneath the fractured crust of a lobe, overplating recently cooled surfaces of an adjacent flow.
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A view looking west at flow field just above Pulama Pali, showing the thick and low cloud cover that prevented us from accessing the vent.
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A tumulus on Pulama Pali, in the right center of the frame, ruptures and sends pahoehoe cascading down its side toward the southeast, as other areas of activity can be seen in the lower left.
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A full circle rainbow in the misty skies preceded our arrival at the flow fields.

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