Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - April 21, 2011

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A small lava lake is active at the bottom of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. Thermal image of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater showing the lava lake within the crater.

A small lava lake is active at the bottom of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater

A small lava lake is active at the bottom of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater...

A small lava lake, confined by slightly elevated levees, is active at the bottom of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. The lake is roughly the same size as a football field.

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In this close-up view of the lava lake in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, lava upwells a...

In this close-up view of the lava lake in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, lava upwells at the west edge of the lake (bottom center of the photo) and flows toward the east (top of photo) where the mostly degassed lava sinks back down, presumably circulating back into the vent.

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Thermal image of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater showing the lava lake within the crate

Thermal image of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater showing the lava lake within the ...

This thermal image was taken from the south rim of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater, showing the lava lake within the crater. Hotter surfaces, such as the narrow zones between crustal plates, are shown by yellow and white colors. Cooler surfaces, such as the cooled lava around the lake, are shown by blue and black colors. The large size of the crustal plates attests to the relatively sluggish motion of the lava surface.

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