THEMATIC VOLCANO PHOTO GALLERY:
- Pahoehoe lava -
Ropy pahoehoe lava (Hawaii).
Pahoehoe lava is a common type of
basaltic lava that cools down forming typical smooth, billowy, or ropy surfaces.
Often, it forms by many small breakouts of lava from an
over-crusted inflating flat, irregular flow. It is typical for
shield volcanoes such as on Hawaii, where the name (meaning something like
"good to walk") comes from.
|Small pahoehoe lava channels on Hawaii.||Cooled pahoehoe lava from Hawaii|
|Progressive breakouts from pahoehoe lava.||Pahoehoe lava flow field in the coastal flat on Big Island, Hawaii.|
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