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Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - January 31, 2002

February 17, 2002
New rootless shield at 2240 feet, and a trio of hornitos



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Smooth surface of new shield growing above the 2240-foot skylight on the main tube from Pu`u `O`o. A small breakout is taking place from a crack in the inflating shield.
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Volunteer geophysicist uses VLF (Very Low Frequency) instrument to measure flux in lava tube near the new shield in background. Note the gas mask, necessary in this obnoxious area. A rootless shield is a pile of lava flows built over a lava tube rather than over a conduit feeding magma from within the earth. Rootless shields along the tube system commonly have a flat top containing a shallow lava pond.
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Eerie view of a family of hornitos. An existing old-timer (right) at site of the former 2300-foot skylight has been joined in past week by two youngsters. Note the two figures between the two right-hand hornitos.

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