Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - February 21, 2005

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New ocean entry at East Lae`apuki

This is a photo of a crack into which lava pours at East Lae`apuki.

"Abandon hope, all ye who enter here." Those immortal words that Dante put at the gates of Hell in his poem, Inferno, are apt for this view. Glow reflects from the walls of a crack into which lava pours at East Lae`apuki. Sea cliff is at edge of shelf beyond glow. If anyone entered this crack, hope would be abandoned ...quickly.

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This is a photo of lava pouring down a sea cliff into water.

Another entrance which well might bear Dante's inscription. Lava here is pouring down sea cliff into water (out of view), with glow reflected from steam and from end of crack in left image.

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This is a photo of top of lava falls at East Lae`apuki ocean entry.

Top of lava falls at East Lae`apuki ocean entry. Looking west, with slopes of Pulama pali in background.

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This is a photo of lava falling down sea cliff at East Lae`apuki.

Lava falls down sea cliff at East Lae`apuki. Height of cliff, about 12 m.

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This is a photo of base of lava falls.

Base of lava falls in images above.

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This is a photo of base of lava falls.

Another view of base of lava falls.

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This is a photo of falling arrows of lava.

Falling arrows of lava.

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This is a photo of a trickle of lava building a puddle below.

Trickle of lava builds puddle below, temporarily out of harm's way from the surf.

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This is a photo of top of lava falls at East Lae`apuki ocean entry.

Shadow halfway up sea cliff gives two-tone appearance to early alpen glow shortly after dawn.

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This is a photo of sluggish lava.

Sluggish lava trying to resist gravity and failing.

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This is a photo of trickles of lava slowing as flux lessens and crust grows to hide the liquid.

The trickles of lava are slowing as flux lessens and crust grows to hide the liquid.

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This is a photo of East Lae`apuki ocean entry.

Alpen glow shadows give depth to image, which shows how crusted drapery hangs out away from sea cliff. This happened because the cliff was slightly overhung, so that the falling lava cooled and developed crust completely around it. Such drapery is exceptionally fragile and probably won't last long.

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This is a photo of East Lae`apuki ocean entry.

Small, no, tiny, lava delta forming at foot of sea cliff gives off plume of laze, mostly steam.

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This is a photo of East Lae`apuki ocean entry and the shoreline southwest of it.

Wide view of East Lae`apuki ocean entry and the shoreline southwest of it. Holei Pali in distance. Photographers' shadows as in Plato's cave.

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