Hawaii 06 15 02:Hot Lava

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Hot Lava and Rainbow

Hot Lava glowing at 1200+ degrees is just in front of us at arm's length. It is so surreal. The molten rock erupts from the east rift of the Kilauea volcano, the most active volcano on earth. This eruption started on Mother's day, so the name: mother's day flow. Lava constantly flows on the old lava field, forming spectacular lava cascades, flows, and tubes. It runs wherever it wants, burning and burying everything it encounters. In front of the lava flow, we can only stand in awe and remind ourselves that the basic force driven our planet is far beyond human control.

Check out our QuickTime Video clip of Lava flowing.


rainbow

rainbow
Rainbow is common in the Volcano National Park.

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lava field

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Smoke from burning trees

Smoke from burning trees

lava cascade

lava cascade
Lava falling down the hill. This is a remote view. Too bad we did not bring our tripod!

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Breaking out

Breaking out
Fresh lava always breaks out from underneath the recently cooled surface.

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Rainy evening

Rainy evening
Rain drops were illuminated by the flash. :)

Flame

Flame
Lava burns whatever it touches

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molten rock

molten rock
This area is starting to cool down.

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Mine field

Mine field
You do not want to step into it ...

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un-stoppable

un-stoppable
The Lava will soon burn the trees and grasses.

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Coming at us!

Coming at us!
This piece is flowing towards us!
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