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Lava fountain at Pu`u` O`o
Photograph by J.D. Griggs on February 4, 1985
Pu`u `O`o at full throttle. Lava falls back from the fountain to feed the flow just visible on the right edge of the cone. Black clouds of cooled lava fragments contain Pele's hair and Pele's tears (thin filaments and droplets, respectively, of volcanic glass), cinders, and pumice. Most of the cooled airborne material falls to earth close to the vent and contributes to the growing cinder-and-spatter cone. Pele's hair, the lightest material, can be carried downwind for many miles.