Summit lava lake well below Overlook crater rim

Summit lava lake well below Overlook crater rim...

Detailed Description

One month ago the summit lava lake was at the rim of the Overlook crater (the small crater in the center of the photo), spilling lava onto the floor of Halema‘uma‘u Crater (the larger crater that fills much of the photo), creating the dark flows surrounding the Overlook crater. Since that time the lava lake has dropped, associated with summit deflation, and today the lake level was about 60 meters (200 feet) below the Overlook crater rim. The stack of recent overflows is visible on the wall of the Overlook crater as the layer of dark lava atop the older, light colored lava forming the majority of the Overlook crater wall. The photo is taken from the southeast rim of Halema‘uma‘u Crater. The closed Halema‘uma‘u overlook is in the upper left corner of the photo. Jaggar Museum and HVO can be seen as a small bump on the horizon in the upper right portion of the photograph.


Image Dimensions: 5854 x 2466

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