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lava pond in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō

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A close-up view of the lava pond in Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. The lava surface was quietly rising when this photo was taken. When the lava reached a critical level, vigorous spattering would begin at the large area of incandescence seen here. The rim of the lava pond is covered in a thick coating of spatter from similar events.