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Pahoehoe lava enters sea, Kilauea Volcano
Photograph by J.D. Griggs on February 17, 1988
Pahoehoe lava flow advances across a black sand beach to enter the surf zone. Waves that splash over the lava quickly cool the molten rock, creating steam and shattering the lava into glassy fragments.

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Updated: 2 June 2000 (SRB)