Pele's hair provides clues about Kīlauea lava

Pele's hair provides clues about Kīlauea lava...

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A USGS-HVO scientist collects Pele's hair from the parking area south of Halema‘uma‘u Crater, which has been closed since early 2008 due to ongoing volcano hazards associated with the summit lava lake. Today, with the lack of trade winds, the noxious sulfur dioxide gas emitted from the lava lake was being blown away from this area, but his gas mask was at the ready just in case the wind shifted. A hard hat is necessary at all times because explosions within the summit vent, which occur without warning, have thrown pieces of molten lava and solid rock into this area and beyond.


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