Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - May 23, 2003

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Lava at, near, and far from Highcastle

 

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Steam and glow indicate three main places where lava is entering ocean off front of new beach-covering flow at Highcastle.

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Same area that glows in left image. Each entry cluster waxes and wanes unpredictably. This one, the westernmost, dominated for a few minutes before losing luster and giving way to the easternmost cluster.

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Lava toe glistens in sunlight 520 meters inland from inactive West Highcastle lava delta. Lava is in southwestern arm of Highcastle lobe--the lobe that feeds the Highcastle beach activity. Width of toe, 50 centimeters.

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Another toe in same area. Note flake picked up from underlying surface and hanging on front of toe, just right of vertical crease in center of image. Width of toe, about 75 centimeters.

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Lava toes in same area, well lighted by sun. Youngest toe is abutting against and flowing around right end of slightly older toe. Broadband viewers can see development of these toes in video below. Width of view, about 1.5 meters.

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Same two toes as in left image, shown in context with oozing lava farther upstream.

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Aerial view of steaming Highcastle entry, adjacent to much larger West Highcastle lava delta (lower left), currently inactive. Light gray Highcastle lobe of Mother's Day flow visible from sea cliff inland to and above Paliuli, prominent low scarp near top of image.

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Long-dead log overrun by lava along eastern margin of flow field above Pulama pali. Log has burned away where covered by lava.

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Narrow skylight, widened somewhat from its early form (see image taken on May 16) and now known as Cookie Monster Crack Skylight. Lava was sampled through this skylight, from a depth of 2.5 meters. This area is becoming increasingly treacherous.

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Small hornitos (carlitos), encrusted with sublimates, near Cookie Monster Crack Skylight. Each hornito is several tens of centimeters high.

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Two converging toes

Two converging toes, the same as those shown in last two still images for today. Width of view, about 1.5 m.

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Maps of lava-flow field, Kilauea Volcano

Map shows lava flows erupted during 1983-present activity of Pu`u `O`o and Kupaianaha. Red colors, both dark and light, denote Mother's Day flow, which began erupting on May 12, 2002 and continues to the present. The darkest color represents flows active since January 21, 2003.

Most recent--and ongoing--activity has produced two flows, one along western edge of flow

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