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View north-northwest across Kilauea caldera, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Photograph by J. Kauahikaua on September 26, 1997
View looking north-northwest across Kilauea Caldera and Halema`uma`u Crater, with Kulani Cone, on southeast slope of Mauna Loa in distance. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is the cluster of buildings on rim of caldera just to left of Kulani. In foreground is lava flow of September 1982, the last eruption before the current one began in January 1983. The ledge nearly half way up the wall of Halema`uma`u is the highest level of the 1967-68 lava lake. Light, slightly yellow patches of discoloration indicate areas of chemical alteration near vents and fumaroles.

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