Molten pahoehoe lava flowing across lava plain

Molten pahoehoe lava flowing across lava plain

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

Caption: Pahoehoe lava. Molten pahoehoe lava flowing across a plain of solidified older lava. This thick ropy- looking lava may flow at speeds up to 50 kilometres per hour. Pahoehoe lava may harden in smooth sheets or it may ooze out and solidify into twisted rope-like formations. Pahoehoe lava is a type of basic lava with a low silica content, giving it a low melting point. This means the lava can travel great distances from the crater or vent from which it issued. Photographed at Kilauea Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii, USA.

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Keywords: geology, hawai'i, hawaii, lava, lava flow, molten, pahoehoe, pahoehoe lava, pahoehoe lava flow, volcano

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