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Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i: aerial photos of Hawai'i, Pu'u'O'o and lava flows Sep 2013

Apart from the first few, the following pictures were taken on a commercial helicopter sightseeing flight from Hilo - relatively inexpensive, they offer a great option to see the volcano and parts of Hawai'i island from a unique perspective completely different from the one from ground.
While approaching Honolulu airport, a view from above Makakilo towards the eroded shield volcano of western Oahu. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
While approaching Honolulu airport, a view from above Makakilo towards the eroded shield volcano of ... [info]
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Downtown Honolulu and its harbour district seen from the airplane (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Downtown Honolulu and its harbour district seen from the airplane (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View towards Waikiki beach... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards Waikiki beach... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Diamond head east of Waikiki, an old cinder cone (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Diamond head east of Waikiki, an old cinder cone (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Bushes and light forest above a 18th century lava flow west of Pahoa on Kilauea (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Bushes and light forest above a 18th century lava flow west of Pahoa on Kilauea (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
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The Heiheiahulu shield, 522 m, on the far eastern rift zone of Kilauea stands about 65 m above the surrounding ground and is topped by a crater less than 150 m long. It was formed by a flank eruption in the 18th century. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The Heiheiahulu shield, 522 m, on the far eastern rift zone of Kilauea stands about 65 m above the s... [info]
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Younger and older lava flows in the area of Royal Gardens (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Younger and older lava flows in the area of Royal Gardens (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View across Kalapana (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View across Kalapana (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Small kipukas: islands of vegetated older ground that survived the invasion of lava flows. These are important to help recolonization of the new surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small kipukas: islands of vegetated older ground that survived the invasion of lava flows. These are... [info]
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New coastline with an older cliff covered by the youngest ocean entries in the Kalapana area (2012-13) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
New coastline with an older cliff covered by the youngest ocean entries in the Kalapana area (2012-1... [info]
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Peace Day lava tube with an active breakout area forming the silvery new path of lava. A group of hikers is a cluster of tiny dots int the center of the image. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Peace Day lava tube with an active breakout area forming the silvery new path of lava. A group of hi... [info]
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Roof of a lava tube seen from above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Roof of a lava tube seen from above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A small remnant of the Royal Gardens forest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A small remnant of the Royal Gardens forest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A trace of holes in the ground - collapsed parts of a lava tube and old skylights - draws the path of the main flow in the early 1990s towards Kalapana. SE part of Pu'u 'O'o in the right background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A trace of holes in the ground - collapsed parts of a lava tube and old skylights - draws the path o... [info]
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View towards Pu'u 'O'o from the east and the black lavas from the recent Kahauale'a flows to the right. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards Pu'u 'O'o from the east and the black lavas from the recent Kahauale'a flows to the rig... [info]
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With time, lava has continued to fill the Pu'u 'O'o crater, overspilling large parts of the eastern (foreground) and western (background) rims. Gasses escaping from the vents feeding the active Kahauale'a lava flows to the lower right. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
With time, lava has continued to fill the Pu'u 'O'o crater, overspilling large parts of the eastern ... [info]
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The vent of the lava flow with the hornito above it. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The vent of the lava flow with the hornito above it. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View into the open top of the hornito. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View into the open top of the hornito. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The remains of Pu'u 'O'o's southern flank (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The remains of Pu'u 'O'o's southern flank (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The northern flank of Pu'u 'O'o is still largely intact and dates back to the formation of the cone during 1983-86, in the first years of the current eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The northern flank of Pu'u 'O'o is still largely intact and dates back to the formation of the cone ... [info]
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Active Kahauale'a lava flow eating away at the Kahauale`a Forest Reserve. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Active Kahauale'a lava flow eating away at the Kahauale`a Forest Reserve. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava flows invading forest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava flows invading forest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Still intact green forest from above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Still intact green forest from above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View of the Kahauale`a lava flow towards its source at Pu'u 'O'o. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the Kahauale`a lava flow towards its source at Pu'u 'O'o. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Silvery smooth pahoehoe lava surface seen from the helicopter. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Silvery smooth pahoehoe lava surface seen from the helicopter. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Intact forest, 20 years-old lava flows (left) and recent flows invading the area. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Intact forest, 20 years-old lava flows (left) and recent flows invading the area. (Photo: Tom Pfeiff... [info]
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Last view to Pu'u 'O'o before returning to Hilo (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Last view to Pu'u 'O'o before returning to Hilo (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View across the forests of Hawaiian Acres towards the distant slopes of Manua Kea volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View across the forests of Hawaiian Acres towards the distant slopes of Manua Kea volcano in the bac... [info]
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