Lava lake in Pu'u 'O'o crater (July 2007)

We present you some photos from the lava lake occupying the eastern part of Pu'u 'O'o crater on Kilauea volcano, Hawaii, taken during 14-20 July 2007.
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The active lava lake at dusk. The crust is so thin, that the red glow breaks through in many places; at the left side, parts of the crust are being overturned. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The active lava lake at dusk. The crust is so thin, that the red glow breaks through in many places;... [info]
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Overturning of older crust is a common feature at lava lakes. When the crust cools sufficiently, it contracts and becomes denser than the liquid underneath. Eventually, pieces of it become unstable and overturn to sink back into the lake. New crust is formed by upwelling lava from underneath. hawaii_e6829.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Overturning of older crust is a common feature at lava lakes. When the crust cools sufficiently, it ... [info]
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Hot, liquid lava flooding over older crust. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Hot, liquid lava flooding over older crust. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Liquid lava floods older crust. The weight of the flooding lava causes new fractures and new segments of the crust to overturn (upper left of the photo).  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Liquid lava floods older crust. The weight of the flooding lava causes new fractures and new segment... [info]
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Fresh lava from the interior of the lake replaces older crust sinking back into the lake. hawaii_e7039.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fresh lava from the interior of the lake replaces older crust sinking back into the lake. hawaii_e70... [info]
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Fresh lava from the interior of the lake flooding over older crust on the lake. hawaii_e7042.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fresh lava from the interior of the lake flooding over older crust on the lake. hawaii_e7042.jpg (Ph... [info]
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The lava lake and the spattering vent at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava lake and the spattering vent at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The spattering vent feeding the lava lake and zig-zag fractures on the surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The spattering vent feeding the lava lake and zig-zag fractures on the surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
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The lava lake at dusk and an initial stage of crust overturn in the center.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava lake at dusk and an initial stage of crust overturn in the center. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View onto the largely crusted over lava lake. hawaii_e6817.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View onto the largely crusted over lava lake. hawaii_e6817.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The lava lake in the evening light. At the far end, an overturn of crust has just taken place. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava lake in the evening light. At the far end, an overturn of crust has just taken place. (Phot... [info]
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hawaii_e7098.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Concentric fractures in the lava lake crust causing a larger overturn of several segments on the lava lake surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Concentric fractures in the lava lake crust causing a larger overturn of several segments on the lav... [info]
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hawaii_e7101.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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hawaii_e7102.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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