The summit lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u continuously circulates, with ...

The summit lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u Crater continuously circulates...

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The summit lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u Crater continuously circulates, with lava upwelling on one side of the lake and downwelling on the opposite side, often resulting in vigorous spattering (bright spot on left side of lake). As it circulates, sections of the dark-colored, semi-solid lake surface pull apart, revealing the incandescent molten lava beneath and creating the appearance of a jigsaw puzzle. This evening, the lava lake surface was about 26 m (85 ft) below the vent rim. The silhouette of Mauna Loa is visible in upper right.

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