Sunday, January 10, 2016

Picture of the Day - Transluscent Hallow Pele's Tear

This is a Pele's Tear, the Hawaiian equivalent of the Apache Tear. This particular one has just been discovered two days ago at Kilauea and is the first of its kind yet discovered. For a better description read the USGS's caption for this image: "This photo shows a one-of-a-kind, completely hollow Pele's tear about 1.5 cm (1/2 inch) long. It was found on the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu and was ejected in association with this morning's explosive event, probably during the aftermath when the lake surface was spattering vigorously." Photo and quoted caption courtesy of USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (all rights reserved).

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