Sunday, July 8, 2018

Interesting change in the lava flows on Hawaii from Fissure 8

Here the lava channel from Fissure 8 flows around the Kapoho Crater and makes a 90-degree turn around the crater. The open channel no longer directly enters the ocean. Rather, the lava flows freely through the channel only to the southern edge of Kapoho Crater.  There, the flow of lava moves into and through the molten core of the thick ‘a‘ā flow across a broad area from both the sides and the end of the channel.  Basically, it flows under the hardened earlier lava flow.  Below, a close view of the "end" of the open lava channel where lava moves beneath the crusted ‘a‘ā flow.

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