Kilauea volcano (Hawaii): pahoehoe lava flows

Active lava breakouts were present about 2 km inland in the coastal flat in mid September 2016. Although the sea entry was the main attraction, a short hike to these flows was a welcome break.
Photographer Martin Rietze along the eastern margin of an inland lava breakout, approx. 2 km from the coast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Photographer Martin Rietze along the eastern margin of an inland lava breakout, approx. 2 km from th... [info]
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Small pahoehoe breakouts - heat radiation is intense in a few meters distance! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small pahoehoe breakouts - heat radiation is intense in a few meters distance! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The formation of ropy pahoehoe lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The formation of ropy pahoehoe lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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An active small lava tongue with ropy texture advances a few cm per second. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
An active small lava tongue with ropy texture advances a few cm per second. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Hikers enjoy getting personal with real, red hot lava! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Hikers enjoy getting personal with real, red hot lava! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Tongue after tongue fills gaps in the ground not yet covered; with time, this flow might also reach the ocean and cover many hectares of new land. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tongue after tongue fills gaps in the ground not yet covered; with time, this flow might also reach ... [info]
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Active lava tongue inside a fracture. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Active lava tongue inside a fracture. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Small breakout lava tongue. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small breakout lava tongue. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ropy lava flow still glowing inside. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ropy lava flow still glowing inside. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ropy structures of all imaginable shapes form constantly. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ropy structures of all imaginable shapes form constantly. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The formation of the ropy texture is related to the fast cooling of a silvery, still plastic skin on the lava, which is dragged and folded into ropes until it cools enough to remain fixed. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The formation of the ropy texture is related to the fast cooling of a silvery, still plastic skin on... [info]
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Lava ropes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava ropes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava ropes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava ropes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A crack reveals the still hot, glowing interior of the lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A crack reveals the still hot, glowing interior of the lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A bulging round lava blob squeezes itself out from the flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A bulging round lava blob squeezes itself out from the flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The most common form, roundish lava tongues usually a few tens of cm wide. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The most common form, roundish lava tongues usually a few tens of cm wide. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Close-up of an advancing lava toe. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Close-up of an advancing lava toe. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Older, but still very young (few weeks old) lava ropes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Older, but still very young (few weeks old) lava ropes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Patterns of lava ropes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Patterns of lava ropes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Pahoehoe lava patterns. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pahoehoe lava patterns. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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