Forest of lava trees, Kilauea Volcano, 1983

Photo showing a dozen narrow, blackened tree trunks with a crusted layer of black lava clinging to the bottom of each tree

Detailed Description

Forest of lava trees resulting from eruption of a 1-km-line of vents east of Pu'u Kahaulea on Hawai'i Island's Kilauea Volcano. The bulbous top of each lava tree marks the high stand of the lava flow as it spread through the trees. As the fissure eruption waned, the flow continued to spread laterally; its surface subsided, leaving pillars of lava that had chilled against tree trunks. Spattering is from fissure out of view to the left. Note blob of spatter adhering to the top of the stripped 'ohi'a tree.


Image Dimensions: 3072 x 2048

Date Taken:

Location Taken: HI, US