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Cooled lava

Cooled lava

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G. BRAD LEWIS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY G. BRAD LEWIS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Pahoehoe lava formation. Ferns growing out of a crack in a solidified flow of pahoehoe lava from the Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, USA. When molten, this thick ropy-looking lava may flow at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. 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 was issued. The Hawaiian islands are entirely made up of volcanic rock, and the continuous eruptions of volcanoes such as Kilauea mean the islands are still growing in size. Photographed in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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