Instagram Story: Matt Patrick, Research Geologist

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An Instagram Story posted to the @USGS Instagram account about Matt Patrick, Research Geologist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO).


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Length: 00:00:53

Location Taken: HI, US

Video Credits

Janet Babb, HVO
Matt Patrick, HVO


  1. [Matt walking in remote area of Kīlauea volcano] Matt Patrick, Research Geologist. Research and monitoring of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii
  2. [video of Matt walking outside near summit with mask, helmet, and backpack] Matt walks out to measure the lava lake at the summit of Kīlauea.
  3. [Matt and another scientist standing and overlooking a lava tube] To map the amount of lava within a lava tube, Matt can measure VLF (Very Low Frequency) variations across the top of the tube.
  4. [Matt standing at the edge of a lava flow, shielding his face, and holding GPS device] Matt shields his face from the 2000 degree lava while mapping the flow with a handheld GPS.
  5. [Matt taking temp of an active flow, hidden behind a metal shield and covered face] Heavy gloves, face mask, and metal shield protec Matt as he measures lava flow temps.
  6. [Matt covering head and taking lava sample with a hammer] Lava samples yield data on the inner workings of Kīlauea activity.
  7. [video of Matt taking a lava sample and putting it into a bucket] The lava is quenched in water to avoid further crystallization.
  8. [video of Matt talking] The highlight of my time was in 2011 when we hiked out to a new eruption site and there were fountains and fissures opening up around us in the middle of the night.
  9. [photo of fissure erupting in background very high up and lava flowing in the foreground] The fountains and fissures from that night!
  10. [Matt walking in remote area of Kīlauea volcano] Swipe up to learn more about Matt's research.