Cooled pahoehoe lava, Hawaii

Cooled pahoehoe lava, Hawaii

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Credit: G. BRAD LEWIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cooled pahoehoe lava. 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 allowing it to travel great distances from its origin. Photographed in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA.

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