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Lava Flow Front Starting to Advance Across Coastal Plain

The flow front remains active and has begun crossing the coastal plain. This afternoon, the flow front was roughly 400 m (0.25 miles) out from the base of the pali, and was 2.9 km (1.8 miles) from the ocean.

The front consisted of slabby pāhoehoe, though ʻaʻā was also active at the base of the pali.  (Click to enlarge)

The front consisted of slabby pāhoehoe, though ʻaʻā was also active at the base of the pali. (Click to enlarge)

A short distance upslope of the leading tip of the flow, the margin was less vigorous and forming more typical pāhoehoe lobes. (Click to enlarge)

A short distance upslope of the leading tip of the flow, the margin was less vigorous and forming more typical pāhoehoe lobes. (Click to enlarge)

The activity at the leading tip of the flow was vigorous, with small channels appearing from time to time.

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Click to enlarge

Although the leading tip of the flow consisted of pāhoehoe, visible in the foreground of this photo, there was still ʻaʻā active on the steep slopes of the pali and at the base of the pali (upper part of the photo).

The open channels that were active on the pali a few days ago have largely crusted over, but some sections remained active today.  (Click to enlarge)

The open channels that were active on the pali a few days ago have largely crusted over, but some sections remained active today. (Click to enlarge)

 

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