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Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i: lava flows 16 March 2018

In March 2018, lava continued to flow through the tube system of the so-called "61g" lava flow episode of Kilauea volcano, which had started in late May 2016 and fed an active ocean entry during July 2016 - Nov 2017.
Since then, the lava tube has been producing surface flows of varying size above and on the pali as well as near its base.
The pictures presented here were taken by team member geologist Dr Ingrid Smet during a morning excursion on 16 Mar 2018. They show sluggish surface lava flows, as have been typical for the past weeks in this area near the base of Pulama pali.
Edge of an active, inflating pahoehoe flow (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Edge of an active, inflating pahoehoe flow (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Beginning of a small lava outbreak from underneath the inflating top of the flow. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Beginning of a small lava outbreak from underneath the inflating top of the flow. (Photo: Ingrid Sme... [info]
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Standing on an active lava flow (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Standing on an active lava flow (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Active small lava flow front (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Active small lava flow front (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Close-up of lava flow (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Close-up of lava flow (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Active lava flow (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Active lava flow (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Zoom onto the lava flow front (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Zoom onto the lava flow front (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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A lava toe is forming from a small outbreak. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
A lava toe is forming from a small outbreak. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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View of an active flow advancing slowly in the coastal plain. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
View of an active flow advancing slowly in the coastal plain. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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The active front of a slowly advancing flow. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
The active front of a slowly advancing flow. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Lava oozing out from the inflating crust of the flow front. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Lava oozing out from the inflating crust of the flow front. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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The lava in this case is quite slow and sticky, forming spiny pahoehoe lava. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
The lava in this case is quite slow and sticky, forming spiny pahoehoe lava. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Poorly developed ropes on a small lava flow tongue. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Poorly developed ropes on a small lava flow tongue. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Another area of active lava breakouts. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Another area of active lava breakouts. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Taking pictures of the ever-changing lava. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Taking pictures of the ever-changing lava. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Part of a fresh lava flow that is now slowly inflating; only through cracks it can be seen that its interior is still molten. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Part of a fresh lava flow that is now slowly inflating; only through cracks it can be seen that its ... [info]
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Margin of the active lava flow in the early sunlight. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Margin of the active lava flow in the early sunlight. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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View of the young flow field with the Pulama Pali in the background. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
View of the young flow field with the Pulama Pali in the background. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Steam escaping from cracks in the lava flow. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Steam escaping from cracks in the lava flow. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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Silvery crust has formed in this area of the young flow. (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Silvery crust has formed in this area of the young flow. (Photo: Ingrid Smet) [info]
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