Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - July 23, 2004

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Point comes back to life; Pu`u `O`o and environs

This is a photo of lava breakouts on surface of eastern Banana lava delta.

Breakouts on surface of eastern Banana lava delta, viewed from top of old sea cliff dating from 2002. Glow indicates several places where lava pours into water. Lighting eastern sky heralds sunrise, still about 40 minutes away.

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This is a photo of streams of lava hurrying to meet water along northeastern side of lava delta.

Streams of lava hurry to meet water along northeastern side of lava delta, viewed from visitor overlook. Leftmost stream is at point of delta, which was dead yesterday morning.

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This is a photo of streams of lava hurrying to meet water along northeastern side of lava delta.

Camera has pulled back some to see context of right image above. Note lava entering the water right at water level.

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This is a photo of reflections from lava at point of delta.

Reflections from lava at point of delta.

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This is a photo of reflections from lava at point of delta.

Very similar to left image above, but with greater magnification. As water comes in, lowest entries become totally submerged, and a dark crust forms on the lava owing to quenching against the water. As water recedes, dark crust ruptures and lava spills out...over and over and over, with each wave cycle.

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This is a photo of reflections from lava at point of delta.

Sunlight starting to illuminate scene.

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This is a photo of people in a boat taking video of lava streams on point of delta.

People in boat taking video of lava streams on point of delta.

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This is a photo of a sunlit view of part of eastern Banana lava delta.

Sunlit view of part of eastern Banana lava delta. Water washes onto beach and around lava flow formed on July 21-22. Compare with images taken at 0601 on July 22. Light color on delta is from minerals, including sea salt, deposited on surface over time.

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This is a photo of western side of Pu`u `O`o.

Unusual perspective of western side of Pu`u `O`o. Just above center is Puka Nui Gap, almost at level of crater floor. Just right of center are spatter cones in West Gap. Dark lava flows erupted from the cones in past 9 months. Red-brown tephra forms northwest flank of Pu`u `O`o; lines are foot trails.

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This is a photo of cracks cutting south side of Pu`u `O`o.

Cracks cutting south side of Pu`u `O`o. This area is actively deforming and is monitored weekly.

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This is a photo of a red-brown flow moving away from its vent atop PKK shield south of Pu`u `O`o.

Red-brown flow is moving away from its vent atop PKK shield south of Pu`u `O`o. Large image shows liquid lava near base of image. Flow has `a`a crust.

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This is a photo of eastern Banana lava delta.

Aerial view of eastern Banana lava delta, looking down and west. Patchwork pattern results from numerous breakouts on surface of delta in past several days. Part of rope barrier, behind which visitors are supposed to stay, visible in upper right. Several entries visible in large image.

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This is a photo of a collapsed pit atop Amalgamated Bend shield.

Aerial view of collapse pit atop Amalgamated Bend shield, developed on Mother's Day lava tube south of Pu`u `O`o. Crusted lava visible in hole, at depth of about 14 m.

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This is a photo of a lava in a pit.

Ground view of lava in pit of left image. Crust is slowly overturning, and lava is welling up around edges of sinking plates of crust.

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