Coastal Steam Plume at Kilauea Volcano, H

Coastal Steam Plume at Kilauea Volcano, H

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Credit: STEPHEN & DONNA O'MEARA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: This massive steam plume was created when hot lava entered the sea along a Hawaii's Kalapana shoreline. The plume is thousands of feet high and rises above an open vent in a lava tube system at the sea's edge. At the base of the plume is a littoral cone, formed by volcanic fallout. When the ocean pounds the hot lava, it sets off steam explosions, which fill the surrounding air with hydrochloric acid.

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Keywords: dusk view, geology, hawaii, hydrochloric acid cloud, kalapana, kilauea volcano, lava, lava tube, littoral cone, littoral explosions, outdoors, steam, steam plume, volcanic smoke

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