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Incandescent Boundaries

On the Big Island of Hawaii, we are blessed to see the orange glow of liquid rock bursting forth from lava-filled tubes flowing from summit to sea. In recent years, a new hole was blown into the floor of the Haelma’uma’u Crater that has since become ever more active with displays of light. For a sense of scale, the cliff wall in this picture is over 100 feet tall.

From the USGS at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

“Incandescent lines mark the boundaries between migrating crustal plates on the surface of the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu crater. Here, and at other lava lakes across the world, these rifting zones have a characteristic zigzag pattern.” 10/22/2012

Call it the power of Pele, the internal workings of the earth, or what you will. We will call it awesome.