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Draining in Lava Pond within Halema'uma'u Vent

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Detailed Description

This movie shows a draining event in the lava pond within the Halema'uma'u vent cavity. The lava column exhibited cycles of filling and draining of the vent cavity, with each cycle lasting a few minutes. As the pond drains, lava cascades into a small hole on the east side (right) of the cavity floor. Also, lava that was covering a large bench to the west of the main pond drains back, with large plates of crust sliding over the edge.




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