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HVO's masked geologist heads north to AK

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A masked Tim Orr, on his last day of field work as a USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist, collected a sample from Kīlauea Volcano's active lava flow on May 31, 2017. The face mask and heavy glove on his left hand provide protection from the intense radiant heat of molten lava. Orr (inset) has accepted a research geologist position at the Alaska Volcano Observatory in Anchorage and departs HVO this week. USGS photos.