Pāhoehoe

Pahoehoe. Pronounced /pəˈhoʊ.iːˈhoʊ.iː/, this word comes from the Hawaiian [paːˈhoweˈhowe], meaning “smooth, unbroken lava”. It basaltic and has a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface. It’s everyone’s favourite type of lava, right? Some photos, elegantly placed in a slideshow, from the southern flank of Kilauea, Hawaii (a.k.a, Big Island), US.

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Author: Christopher Aiden-Lee Jackson

I am Professor of Basin Analysis @imperialcollege. I ❤️ 🏃🏿, 🚴🏿 and @basinsIC (⛏). I obsess about the tectono-stratigraphic development of sedimentary basins. Why? Because I'm hopeless at everything else.

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