Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - June 21, 2003

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Summer solstice at Highcastle

 

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Lava pours over old sea cliff at Highcastle. This lava is fed by breakout that flows 10-20 meters from inflating tumulus to left of image.

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Closer view of two strands of breakout shown in above image. Lava cascades down 7-meter-high cliff, then pools and stagnates at base of cliff on surface of lava delta.

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Looking west at point in breakout to left where lava first starts to drop down cliff. Note that thick crust has already formed on lava, while it was leisurely flowing on gentle slope above cliff.

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Looking west at point in breakout to left where lava first starts to drop down cliff. Note that thick crust has already formed on lava, while it was leisurely flowing on gentle slope above cliff.

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Lava is breaking out of steep-sided, inflating tumulus about 30 meters inland from Highcastle sea cliff. This is one of many such inflating tumuli in area, some of which break to feed breakouts such as this one. Tumulus is about 4 meters high.

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Another view of same breakout at point of emergence at base of tumulus. Laze in distance is from entry of lava into ocean at tip of Highcastle lava delta.

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Leading edge of breakout from tumulus above. Breakout is sluggish but moving down rather steep slope, so lava continues to bud from front of flow rather than to inflate. Width of view, about 1 meter.

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Toe in above image 1 minute later. Width of toe, about 20 centimeters s .

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Lava in breakout shown in above image above, but in right branch hidden from view. Slope is steep, and lava moves slowly but continuously down it. Width of toe, about 20 centimeters s .

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Same toe as above, but 1 1/2 minutes later and well down slope. Width of toe, about 20 centimeters s . 0552. All of these close-ups shown unusually well the delicate texture on surface of lava, which is just starting to develop crust.

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Channeled breakout from tumulus in background pours down slope about 100 meters inland of Highcastle sea cliff. Widest part of breakout, about 7 meters.

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Closer view of cascade in this channeled breakout, with crust floating merrily down the streameters. Channel is about 2 meters wide. Video clip below shows this channel.

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