Wordless Wednesday – Playing With Lava

A Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory geologist shields his face from the intense heat as he takes a sample of active lava on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow:

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The chemistry of the lava is analyzed through time and used to study changes in the magmatic system.

More information on this flow here:  Lava flows at forest boundary northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō