Hawaii Volcanoes NP

Hawaii Volcanoes NP

Glow from the Lava Pool at Night, Halema’uma’u Crater within the Kilauea Caldera, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

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During our visit to Hawai’i Volcanoes NP an active lava pool was present inside the Halema’uma’u Crater. This Crater is two-thirds of a mile in diameter and sits within the much larger Kilauea Caldera itself about 2 miles by 3 mile oval. Even though the lava pool was not visible from the rim of the caldera it was emitting a cloud of sulfuric volcanic gases. At night this stream of gas was illuminated by the glowing lava pool and with a 2 minute time lapse exposure it was possible to photograph this amazing phenomenon. The stars in the sky are a slight arc from 2 minutes of the earth’s rotation.


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