Molten pahoehoe lava flowing into the ocean

Molten pahoehoe lava flowing into the ocean

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Credit: G. BRAD LEWIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lava flow. Rising steam illuminated by lava flowing into the ocean at the Hawaiian coast. This lava flow originated from the Kilauea volcano, which is one of the world's most active. Lava reaches volcanoes from the Earth's interior through faults in the crust, and is forced through them by the high pressure within the Earth. The black rock of the Hawaiian coastline is made from old lava flows. The continuous emissions from volcanoes such as Kilauea mean that the Hawaiian islands are still increasing in size.

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Keywords: coast, flowing into sea, geology, hawai'i, hawaii, kilauea lava flow, lava, lava entering ocean, lava flow, lava flows into ocean, meets sea, ocean, sea, steam, volcano

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