Pahoehoe Lava Flow, Santiago Island

Pahoehoe lava like this results from lava that is high in temperature and gas content, which means it is has lower viscosity (or less stickiness) and flows at a faster speed. This lava is probably from an eruption about 100 years ago. The cooler the temperature and less gas means it has higher viscosity and doesn’t flow as well. In this case you end up with broken flows and sharp edges.

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