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Lava fountain erupts through lava lake, Kilauea Iki Crater
Photograph by J.P. Eaton at 7:00 a.m. on December 5, 1959

Lava fountain shimmers across the lava lake in Kilauea Iki Crater just before the end of the fourth episode. Within a few minutes of this photograph, the entire lake began to lower even as the fountain continued to blast skyward. A strong current flowing in the direction of the vent was clearly visible along the south side of the lake (left).

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