Friday Rock Blogging: Pele’s Hair
This one’s in honor of the new activity at the peak of Kilauea. For pictures and updates, see the Hawaii Volcano Observatory homepage. For more geoblogospheric coverage, check out the posts at Magma Cum Laude and the roundup at Geology News.
To get Pele’s hair, you need to throw around some lava. More precisely, you need your volcano to work like a cotton candy machine: take a bit of liquid rock, and spin it out until it looks like, well, hair. Or cotton candy (seriously, Internet, why do you not contain any magnified images of cotton candy for me to link to here?). Though these images aren’t from the current eruption, the latest HVO press release reports that there was fresh Pele’s hair on the Halema’uma’u (summit caldera) overlook on Monday.
Below the fold: you can see the streching-outing!