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Kilauea: Summit vent still steaming away

Rocky Planet iconRocky PlanetBy Erik KlemettiJun 20, 2008 7:09 AM

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Not much in the way of science to add here, but photographers at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park are still busy around the clock documenting the summit vent activity at Kilauea that started in March. Most of the activity is steam escaping from the vent, but at night, the vent glows red, proving just how close to the surface the magma is right now. Occasionally, the volcano throws out some volcanic clasts, probably in phreatomagmatic (water/magma interaction) explosions. The USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory has a nice series of photos of the current activity and research as well, mostly about some of the lava that is making its way to the sea (see photo above) from the rift vents that are continuing to erupt.

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