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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03310

The Blue Dragon lava flow covers about 280 sq km of Craters of the Moon lava field with flat-lying pahoehoe lava.  The 3.4 cu km flow, erupted about 2075 years ago, is the largest in the Craters of the Moon volcanic field.  It traveled up to 25 km to the east and 15 km to the SW from fissure vents near the center of this photo.  The largely pahoehoe lava flow is named for a characteristic iridescent dark- to light-blue, glassy crust. Photo by Lee Siebert. 1994 (Smithsonian Institution).

The Blue Dragon lava flow covers about 280 sq km of Craters of the Moon lava field with flat-lying pahoehoe lava. The 3.4 cu km flow, erupted about 2075 years ago, is the largest in the Craters of the Moon volcanic field. It traveled up to 25 km to the east and 15 km to the SW from fissure vents near the center of this photo. The largely pahoehoe lava flow is named for a characteristic iridescent dark- to light-blue, glassy crust.

Photo by Lee Siebert. 1994 (Smithsonian Institution).


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