Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - May 31, 2017

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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Jaggar Museum

 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Jaggar Museum...

Mauna Loa looms in the background behind the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Jaggar Museum complex, perched at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. The cliff in the foreground is Kīlauea's caldera rim.

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Halema‘uma‘u lava lake...

View looking southeast along the long axis of the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u at Kīlauea's summit. The lava lake is about 260 m (285 yd) long and 200 m (220 yd) wide.

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View looking northeast at Kīlauea's summit lava lake....

View looking northeast at Kīlauea's summit lava lake.

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The Kamokuna ocean entry and lava delta...

Kīlauea Volcano's Kamokuna ocean entry is fed by lava that erupts from the east flank of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone, visible on the skyline at upper left. It travels from the vent to the ocean via a lava tube, marked in places by fume emanating from the tube roof.

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Steep aerial view of the Kamokuna lava delta....

Steep aerial view of the Kamokuna lava delta.

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View of the Kamokuna lava delta and the lava structure encasing the...

View of the Kamokuna lava delta and the lava structure encasing the lava stream where it emerges from the mouth of the lava tube in the face of the sea cliff.

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This video clip shows HVO geologist Tim Orr sampling lava from an a...

This video clip shows HVO geologist Tim Orr sampling lava from an active pāhoehoe breakout on the episode 61g lava flow. The chemistry of these lava samples provides information on the magma plumbing system. Sampling has been a regular part of monitoring Kīlauea Volcano's ongoing Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō eruption.

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