VISIT THE ACTIVE ERUPTION SITE


January to March 2001

Somewhat surprisingly, breakouts continue on the pali throughout the winter of 2001. They are small, but keeping the lava from reaching the ocean as quickly as it usually does. What we do have is a huge pahoehoe sheet flow sitting on the flats below, gradually getting thicker as it inflates with new lava, and slowly spreading towards the sea. Below is a collection of images and video clips from our visits out there through March 2001, showing you some of the subtle features of pahoehoe flows. If you want to see clips of actual inflation, look at our page from summer 2000.

Ropy folds from pahoehoe breakout (avi, 230 Kb)

A University of Hawaii - Hilo student experiments with pahoehoe viscosity (avi,609 Kb)

Lava leaks from the inflated front of a sheet flow. Lava inside the flow builds up so much pressure that we've seen it crack open a rock roof over 2 feet thick.

Ropy crust slowly revolves on surface of moving lava flow (avi, 250 Kb)

Pahoehoe toe oozes into a crack. (avi, 416 Kb)

Extreme close-up of the skin of a pahoehoe toe. The striated surface is made by bubbles escaping from the lava, freezing to glass, and being stretched out on the surface. (avi, 145 Kb)

Sped-up sequence of lava toes merging together into one. (avi, 577 Kb)


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