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Crater Wall [58]

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Crater Wall
This is a view from the crater floor looking east.  The sun was setting and it bathed everthing in a golden light.
You can also see a number of steam vents in that picture. Steam forms when rainwater percolates down to hot rock below the surface and vaporizes. The white deposits around the vents form when dissolved minerals, primarily calcium sulfates and silica, are carried to the surface by steam.

For scale, here’s a picture of Karen walking along the path to where we had to hike up the edge of the caldera.

Along the path, there were a few offerings to Pele.  For Native Hawaiians, Kīlauea is considered the “body” of Pele, the volcano goddess of ancient Hawaiian legend.  Here is an offering left in one of the many steam vents.

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Written by arangodan

August 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

Posted in Landscape, Outdoor

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