Pahoehoe lava

Pahoehoe lava

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

Caption: Pahoehoe lava. Molten pahoehoe lava breaking through its outer crust. Flames show where the lava has flowed over vegetation, igniting it. This thick lava with a ropey texture can flow at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. Pahoehoe is a basaltic lava with a low melting point. The crust insulates the lava keeping it molten and able to travel great distances from its origin.

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Keywords: alight, basaltic, burning, crust, fire, flame, flow, flowing, geological, geology, hot, lava, molten, pahoehoe, vegetation, volcanic, volcano, volcanology, vulcanology

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