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Schematic cross section showing examples of chemical, mechanical, and thermal geologic energy storage methods
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Geologic Energy Storage
A manatee looks at the camera and rubs its belly with its flipper.
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Tummy Rubbing Manatee
view of the eruption plume from fissure 3
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December 1, 2022 - View of the eruption plume from fissure 3
lava erupting from Fissure 3 on Mauna Loa
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Fissure 3 on Mauna Loa's Northeast Rift Zone on Dec. 1, 2022
bucket downwind of erupting lava
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Geologists deploy buckets downwind of the erupting fissures to collect samples
Joe Adams (NUSO) positions a UAS over a calibration panel
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Joe Adams (NUSO) positions a UAS over a calibration panel
View of fissure 3 erupting on Mauna Loa's Northeast Rift Zone
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View of Fissure 3 Erupting on Mauna Loa's Northeast Rift Zone
Lava erupting from Fissure 3 on Mauna Loa
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Fissure 3 Mauna Loa - November 30, 2022
vertical plume of smoke coming out of lava fountain
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HD Camera Recording Fissure 3 of Mauna Loa (Nov 30, 2022)
Joe Adams (NUSO) checks the sky and surrounding area for hazards while remote pilot Matt Burgess (NUSO) lands the UAS
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Joe Adams (NUSO) checks the sky and surrounding area for hazards while remote pilot Matt Burgess (NUSO) lands the UAS
Matthew Burgess and Victoria Scholl (NUSO) prepare the Headwall Nano-Hyperspec sensor
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Matthew Burgess and Victoria Scholl (NUSO) prepare the Headwall Nano-Hyperspec sensor
A helicopter flies over the lava flow
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Mauna Loa eruption on November 30, 2022
A helicopter flies over the lava flow
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Mauna Loa eruption on November 30, 2022
Front of a lava flow
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Mauna Loa eruption on November 30, 2022
Color map of eruption
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November 30, 2022 — Mauna Loa Eruption Map
Color photograph of eruptive vent
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November 30, 2022 — Mauna Loa Fissure 3
Color photograph of eruptive vent
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November 30, 2022 — Mauna Loa Fissure 4
Color photograph of lava flow
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November 30, 2022 — Mauna Loa Lava Flow
map
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November 30, 2022—Mauna Loa Northeast Rift Zone eruption thermal map
USGS employees from the National Uncrewed Systems Office (NUSO) and the EROS CalVal Center of Excellence (ECCOE)
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USGS employees from the National Uncrewed Systems Office (NUSO) and the EROS CalVal Center of Excellence (ECCOE)
vertical plume of smoke coming out of lava fountain
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Vertical Plume from Fissure 3 of Mauna Loa (Nov 30, 2022)