Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03489
The Kupaianaha lava pond was active for many years during the east rift zone eruption of Kīlauea, which began in 1983. This February 1987 aerial view shows the crusted-over surface of the pond, with incandescent lava visible between segments of the crust. Convection of the lava lake produces lateral movement and descent of the solidified crust, which mimic many plate tectonic processes. The smooth slopes surrounding Kupaianaha were formed by overflows of pahoehoe lava.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1987.
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