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Lava flow boiling the sea, Hawaii

Lava flow boiling the sea, Hawaii

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DR JUERG ALEAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JUERG ALEAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Lava flow boiling the sea. Helicopter flying near a cloud of steam generated by lava entering the sea on the coast of a volcanic island. This is a sightseeing helicopter, bringing people to view the interaction between the lava and the sea. Lava is molten rock that rises from beneath the Earth's surface. It is hot enough to vaporise water, turning it instantly to steam. Eventually, the sea water will cool the lava, and new volcanic rock (black) will form. If the rate of eruption of lava is greater than the rate of erosion by the sea, then the island will grow in size. This lava flow is from the Kilauea volcano on the Pacific island of Hawaii.

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