(BIVN) – The low sun angle during the late afternoon provided good views of the different surface textures on Kīlauea Volcano summit lava lake, scientists report.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently posted some photos of the lava lake surface.
“Subtle folds are common on the lake surface,” the scientists wrote, “suggesting that the crust on the lake surface is thin and flexible. In addition, small ‘blisters’ cover large portions of the lake surface. HVO geologists have seen these blisters form, and they appear to be small bubbles that rise and push up the thin crust, without breaking it.”
The USGS scientists also trained their lens on the area where spattering has been observed.