Sunday, February 1, 2009

A hot picture...

for a chilly winter day (click to enlarge.) Here we see two volcanologists approaching a vigorous lava flow on Kilauea volcano in an attempt to grab a sample of the ~1,100 C molten material. I snapped this image from a hovering helicopter near the new breakout from the Pu'u 'O'o vent in August 2007.

Just look at that new pahoehoe. Like I said before: every geology student needs to visit this dynamic volcano at some point in their life.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like a salmon swimming upstream! Lava is sooooo much more interesting when one can imagine something biological happening! ; ) ROQ