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Growth of the Holuhraun Lava Field
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Growth of the Holuhraun Lava Field

The Holuhraun lava field in Iceland continues to grow.

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Holuhraun Lava Could Still Be Toasty Underneath
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Holuhraun Lava Could Still Be Toasty Underneath

Although the basaltic rock formed a hard crust, the flow is likely hot enough to prevent snow from building up on top.

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Lava Flow from Erta Ale Range, Ethiopia
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Lava Flow from Erta Ale Range, Ethiopia

In early November 2008, a volcano erupted in the Erta Ale Range in northeastern Ethiopia, producing a fresh lava flow.

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Fresh Lava Flows Surround Pu’u ‘O’o
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Fresh Lava Flows Surround Pu’u ‘O’o

Fresh lava flows radiate from Kilauea’s Pu’su ’O’o, crater, as the Volcano’s longstanding eruption continues.

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Kilauea’s Lava Pours Into the Pacific
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Kilauea’s Lava Pours Into the Pacific

Molten rock meets the sea in the latest episode in a long-lived eruption.

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Mars and Earth: Columnar Jointing
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Mars and Earth: Columnar Jointing

Although Mars is in many ways quite different from Earth—smaller, colder, drier, and hostile to life—the geology of the two worlds is sometimes quite similar. Columnar jointing—a distinctive pattern of hexagonal cracks—is visible in rocks on both planets.

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Volcanic Activity at Kilauea
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Volcanic Activity at Kilauea

Fresh lava flows cover the slopes of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano.

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Carrizozo Lava Flow
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Carrizozo Lava Flow

Acquired May 18, 2003, this photo-like image shows the charcoal-brown Carrizozo Malpais, a 75-kilometer-long lava flow in south-central New Mexico.

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The Shapes that Lavas Take, Part 2
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The Shapes that Lavas Take, Part 2

Low-viscosity lava flows produce long, narrow shapes on the landscape.

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Monochromatic Lava Fields on Tolbachik Volcano
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Monochromatic Lava Fields on Tolbachik Volcano

Fresh lava flows are difficult to distinguish from the barren rock of Tolbachinsky Dol, a volcanic plateau.

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