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New article — From Lava to Water: A New Era at Kīlauea

September 28, 2020

Last year at Kīlauea Volcano, water appeared within the summit caldera where a lava lake had been for the previous decade. This piece covers the reliance on Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) for sampling the lake water, the growth and significance of the new water lake, and implications for future eruptive activity at Kīlauea's summit. 

Read the full article here, in Eos—the American Geophysical Union's science news publication.

For more information about  Kīlauea Volcano's summit water lake, see the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's Kīlauea Summit Water Resources webpage. 

This video shows a close-up of the unmanned aircraft system collecting a water sample in Halema‘uma‘u. USGS video by M. Patrick, 26 Oct 2019.