Phenomena

Hawaiian Fissures

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New fissures opened on Mount Kilauea in Hawaii earlier this month, resulting in some fountain-like eruptions of lava. This molten rock is a non-Newtonian fluid with shear-thinning and thixotropic properties. This is what allows the lava to flow long distances before it cools and solidifies. (via jpshoer)

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