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After having traveled for miles down the shallow slopes of the Kilauea Volcano, the slow and viscous pahoehoe lava, still having a respectable temperature between 800 and 1100 C, flows into the ocean. The dramatic entry produces a rich cloud of steam spiked with hydrochloric acid and fine lava particles. The hardened lava continuously expands the surface of the island, and in the proximity of the National Park real estate is supposed to be quite inexpensive. Your newly acquired property might lie underneath 10 meters of fresh lava next year... But hey, it's in Hawaii!
The steam is hot but not incandescent and the red glow is produced by the reflection of the flowing lava into the plumes. The image was exposed for 30 seconds.

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Additional Photos by Roland Roesler (Roly) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 546 W: 9 N: 436] (2024)
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