By sharing this link, I acknowledge that I have read and understand the Terms and Conditions.
51.0 MB (51.0 MB compressed)
5173 x 3449 pixels
43.7 x 29.2 cm ⏐ 17.2 x 11.5 in (300dpi)
MICHAEL SZOENYI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MICHAEL SZOENYI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Nephrolepis brownii fern in hardened lava. Close-up of the fronds of a Nephrolepis brownii fern growing within cooled and hardened pahoehoe lava. This thick ropey-looking lava can flow at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. It may harden in smooth sheets or ooze out and solidify into twisted rope-like formations (seen here). 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 issued. Photographed on Big Island, Hawaii, USA.
Model release not required. Property release not required.