• MDC DiGi PiCS
    MDC DiGi PiCSabout 5 years ago

    Wild image Alex. Lava flow?

  • Thanks, MDC. Yes it is. I found more info about the type of lava depicted in this photo on
    Here is a short version:
    When lava cools it also forms a myriad of different shapes and types of lava. There are two main types of lava pahoehoe (pa-hoy-hoy) and a’a (ah ah).
    One of the more interesting types of pahoehoe lava is called ropey pahoehoe and looks like a series of twisted ropes spaced evenly along the ground. The twisted ropes may be fairly straight, or may loop and wind in and out much like a fingerprint. Many visitors express interest in what could create such an unusual shape, but once you see ropey pohoehoe lava being created it is instantly clear how the shapes occur. As the pahoehoe flows, it usually encounters some minor barrier that slows up the front of the flow. As the front of the flow is slowing down, the faster flow behind it pushes the front and forces it to create a small ridge, which it pushes up and over the barrier. That ridge begins to cool and creates the next barrier, which in turn creates the next. The result is a series of ridges interspaced with valleys – which looks like 4 inch thick ropes of lava laying side by side or looping side by side. To walk over ropey pahoehoe it is best to walk on the top of the ridges, perpendicular to the ridges.

    – Alex Preiss

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 5 years ago

    March 22,2010

    Wonderful capture

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Ann. I truly appreciate this.

    – Alex Preiss

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 5 years ago

    Your so welcome alex :)))

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    Excellent image!

  • RedFlavourArt
    RedFlavourArtover 3 years ago

    awesome!! Love the texture!

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréalmost 3 years ago

  • Richard George
    Richard Georgeover 1 year ago

    great capture and title…

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