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Lava-Lake Glow on Low Clouds

Lava-Lake Glow on Low Clouds

Posted: 02/09/18

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As the evening deepened and stratus clouds lowered over Kilauea caldera’s highly active Halemaumau Crater, the lava lake rose, sometimes launching distant gobs of fountain lava above the visible rim. Splashing is quite an uncommon sight there -- one we were fortunate to witness. The distinctive orange glow of the lava shone brightly here, both in the stratus and in the plume of steam and acrid gas laden with sulfur dioxide that wafts off the lava lake itself before merging with the low clouds.


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