Photo of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō west of the crater, looking north-NW. The west e...

Photo of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō west of the crater, looking north-northwest. The...

Detailed Description

Photo of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō west of the crater, looking north-northwest. The west edge of the crater is to the right. The western pit, with the lava pond, is just above and left of center. Notice the vaguely arcuate line of fume that wraps from the south edge of the crater, around the western pit, and back to the northwest edge of the crater in the background. This fuming arc corresponds closely to the rim of the crater that was present in 2011. The surface of the crescent-shaped area bounded by this arc is sulfur stained and, when on the ground there, is found to be very hot, suggesting that there may be pockets of magma below the ground there. In time, other pits may form in this area, or the western pit may continue to widen, and eventually the entire crescent-shaped area could collapse and become part of the crater again.

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Image Dimensions: 5184 x 3456

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