Kilauea volcano (Hawaii): lava sea entry - boat tour 14 Sep 2016 (1)

A second boat tour in the morning of 14 Sep resulted in spectacular views of the numerous lava flows entering the sea thanks to exceptionally good wind conditions - southerly winds pushed the heavy steam plume inland.
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Approaching an active part of the eastern bench still at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Approaching an active part of the eastern bench still at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Several thin lava flows pour down forming round hoses. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Several thin lava flows pour down forming round hoses. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The lava streams enter the sea with surprisingly little interaction when the water is calm. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava streams enter the sea with surprisingly little interaction when the water is calm. (Photo: ... [info]
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Pele's Hair can be seen forming when the yellow hot liquid lava, which has a viscosity similar to honey, is torn into thin threads. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pele's Hair can be seen forming when the yellow hot liquid lava, which has a viscosity similar to ho... [info]
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Lava hoses close up (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava hoses close up (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Small breaking wave in front of the lava hoses. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small breaking wave in front of the lava hoses. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Although it barely gets light, the glow of the lava is so intense that hand-held short exposures are possible to freeze the action. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Although it barely gets light, the glow of the lava is so intense that hand-held short exposures are... [info]
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Reflection of the lava on the calm water surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Reflection of the lava on the calm water surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A particularly active part of the eastern bench in the morning twilight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A particularly active part of the eastern bench in the morning twilight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Many parallel small lava hoses exit from miniature lava tubes that form around them and often look like elephants' trunks. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Many parallel small lava hoses exit from miniature lava tubes that form around them and often look l... [info]
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Wider pahoehoe flows also enter the sea in a nearby other part of the bench. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wider pahoehoe flows also enter the sea in a nearby other part of the bench. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ropy pahoehoe flow a few meters from shore. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ropy pahoehoe flow a few meters from shore. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A single entry point in an otherwise currently inactive part of the bench. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A single entry point in an otherwise currently inactive part of the bench. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Channeled lava flow reaching the sea. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Channeled lava flow reaching the sea. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A vigorously active breakout at the bench shore. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A vigorously active breakout at the bench shore. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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An exposed, approx. 2 m wide active lava tube at the coast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
An exposed, approx. 2 m wide active lava tube at the coast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Morning has arrived. View of the western part of the Kamokuna sea entry. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Morning has arrived. View of the western part of the Kamokuna sea entry. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava hoses (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava hoses (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Surface flow reaching the sea. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Surface flow reaching the sea. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Active pahoehoe breakouts forming lava hoses (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Active pahoehoe breakouts forming lava hoses (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava hoses (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava hoses (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Active part of the bench. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Active part of the bench. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Surface lava drops down into the water. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Surface lava drops down into the water. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Thin, elegant lava hoses. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Thin, elegant lava hoses. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava hoses and water drops (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava hoses and water drops (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A waves recedes from the cliff and lava continues to pour down. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A waves recedes from the cliff and lava continues to pour down. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The water near the entry points is close to boiling and steams heavily (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The water near the entry points is close to boiling and steams heavily (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Breaking wave and active lava entry (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Breaking wave and active lava entry (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A bizarre and fragile "elephant trunk" has formed and a tiny bit of lava has started to come out from it - it will only live a few seconds, until the next wave... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A bizarre and fragile "elephant trunk" has formed and a tiny bit of lava has started to come out fro... [info]
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Front of the active bench, approx. 3 meters high. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Front of the active bench, approx. 3 meters high. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A cloudy morning view of the eastern ocean entry. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A cloudy morning view of the eastern ocean entry. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Steam plume drifting inland: the plume is a mixture of acid steam (HCl) and fine particles (ash and Pele's Hair) - highly unhealthy. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steam plume drifting inland: the plume is a mixture of acid steam (HCl) and fine particles (ash and ... [info]
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