Sunday, November 1, 2009

Surface Flows Near Viewing Area Subside – Distant Flow Enters Ocean

This photo is a close-up of pahoehoe breakout at night near the viewing area only a few days ago doing the roping, banding and twisting, so classic to this form of lava. (click on it to enlarge)

Newly deposited lava land that, again, only days ago covered the end of highway 130, bringing thousands out to witness it, has cooled a lot in the past day. The lava is still hot but crusted over with a shimmering iridescent gray (example below) and almost no visible molten breakouts.

Further to the southwest, out a mile across the coastal plains, a second hot line of surface lava has reached the sea and slowly pouring into it, not as far away as Kupapa`u but at a distance too far to witness from the designated viewing areas. Back in April to July of this year we had a second lava entry at Kupapa`u that looked like this photo below: Waikupamaha on left, Kupapa`u in the distance --

A nice video and write up by David Corrigan does a great job of showing what the ocean entry at Waikupanaha looks like from the coastal viewing area through his telephoto video lens on Friday night (30th). I saw David walk by my photo display booth on his way out to shoot the scene and would like to talk-story with him next time. He posts on Big Island Video News . com, which we appreciate and is linked below.

David’s video and article

Full moon tonight

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