Lava lakes

Lava lakes are large volumes of molten lava, usually basaltic, contained in a volcanic vent, crater, or broad depression. The term is used to describe both lava lakes that are wholly or partly molten and those that are solidified.

Persistent lava lakes are a rare phenomenon. Only a few volcanoes have hosted persistent or near-persistent lava lakes during recent decades. A certain number of occurrences of temporary lava lakes (sometimes called lava ponds or lava pools, depending on their size and nature) have also been observed. (wiki)

Connected Sites

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Hawaii Volcanoes Kīlauea (two permanent lava lakes in both Halemaʻumaʻu and Pu'u O'o craters)
Heard and McDonald Islands Mawson Peak (Lava lake activity suggested by satellite remote-sensing data)
Virunga National Park Mount Nyiragongo (permanent lava lake)


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