Pele Fingerprints

December 04, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Pete Hanson
Summary authors & editors: Pete Hanson

This photo was taken in the lava fields near the town of Kalapana, Hawaii (on the big Island of Hawaii). It shows a pattern of lava ropes, which I call "Pele's Fingerprints" for its distinctive shape. Pele is a legendary Hawaiian goddess who blows her stack whenever she loses her temper. Kalapana, once a fishing village, was almost totally destroyed by lava from the eruption of Kilauea in 1990.

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