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Mystery Photo

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Mystery Photo
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Photo Credit: (HVO / USGS)

Dancing flames? A fiery cascade? Well, in a way, yes. What you see here are not flames but a nighttime view of long tongues of molten lava from Kilauea volcano pouring down some 30-foot (9-meter) high cliffs on Hawaii’s Big Island. This series of cascades stretched for about 410 feet (125 meters). Howling winds shook the photographer’s tripod to blur the image. Trickles of incandescence above the lava marks the position of the immense flow (largely crusted over) that feeds the cascades. The view is from the end of a paved road in Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park near Volcano, Hawaii. This ongoing phase of the eruption has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors to the park in the 19 years since the volcano started erupting – but never in the numbers (about 4,000 per day) seen since lava began flowing across an accessible area near the ocean several weeks ago.


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