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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03528

The black, newly solidified glassy surface of pahoehoe lava flows commonly has a silvery or iridescent color. Pahoehoe lavas form during eruptions that are characterized by the upwelling of hot, low-viscosity magma. This smooth-textured pahoehoe flow at Kilauea volcano was photographed in August 1994.   Photo by Paul Kimberly, 1994 (Smithsonian Institution).

The black, newly solidified glassy surface of pahoehoe lava flows commonly has a silvery or iridescent color. Pahoehoe lavas form during eruptions that are characterized by the upwelling of hot, low-viscosity magma. This smooth-textured pahoehoe flow at Kilauea volcano was photographed in August 1994.

Photo by Paul Kimberly, 1994 (Smithsonian Institution).

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