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'''Lava''' is the molten+ rock+ expelled by a volcano+ during an eruption+. The resulting rock after solidification and cooling is also called lava. The molten rock is formed in the interior of some planet+s, including Earth+, and some of their satellite+s. The source of the heat that melts the rock within the earth is geothermal energy+. When first erupted from a volcanic vent, lava is a liquid+ at temperature+s from .

A ''lava flow'' is a moving outpouring of lava, which is created during a non-explosive effusive eruption+. When it has stopped moving, lava solidifies to form igneous rock+. The term ''lava flow'' is commonly shortened to ''lava''. Although lava can be up to 100,000 times more viscous+ than water, lava can flow great distances before cooling and solidifying because of its thixotropic+ and shear thinning+ properties.

Explosive eruption+s produce a mixture of volcanic ash+ and other fragments called tephra+, rather than lava flows. The word "lava" comes from Italian+, and is probably derived from the Latin+ word ''labes'' which means a fall or slide. The first use in connection with extruded magma+ (molten rock below the Earth's surface) was apparently in a short account written by Francesco Serao+ on the eruption of Vesuvius+ between May 14 and June 4, 1737. Serao described "a flow of fiery lava" as an analogy to the flow of water and mud down the flanks of the volcano following heavy rain+.



The composition of almost all lava of the Earth's crust+ is dominated by silicate minerals+, mostly feldspar+s, olivine+, pyroxene+s, amphibole+s, mica+s and quartz+.

Igneous rocks, which form lava flows when erupted, can be classified into three chemical types; ''felsic''+, ''intermediate''+, and ''mafic''+ (four if one includes the super-heated+ ''ultramafic''+). These classes are primarily chemical; however, the chemistry of lava also tends to correlate with the magma temperature, its viscosity and its mode of eruption.

''Felsic'' or silicic+ lavas such as rhyolite+ and [[da
* Iron oxide+ lavas are thought to be the source of the iron ore+ at Kiruna+, Sweden+ which formed during the Proterozoic+. Iron oxide lavas of Pliocene+ age occur at the El Laco+ volcanic complex on the Chile-Argentina border. Iron oxide lavas are thought to be the result of immisible+ separation of iron oxide magma from a parental magma of calc-alkaline+ or alkaline composition.
* Sulfur+ lava flows up to long and wide occur at Lastarria+ volcano, Chile. They were formed by the melting of sulfur deposits at temperatures as low as .
* Olivine nephelinite+ lavas are thought to have come from much deeper in the mantle+ of the Earth+ than other lavas.

The term "lava" can also be used to refer to molten "ice mixtures" in eruptions on the icy satellites+ of the Solar System+'s gas giant+s. ''(See cryovolcanism+).''

In general, the composition of a lava determines its behavior more than the temperature of its eruption.
The viscosity of lava is important because it determines how the lava will behave. Lavas with high viscosity are rhyolite+, [[da

The loose, broken, and sharp, spiny surface of an okina: aokina: ā flow makes hiking+ difficult and slow. The clinkery surface actually covers a massive dense core, which is the most active part of the flow. As pasty lava in the core travels downslope, the clinkers are carried along at the surface. At the leading edge of an okina: aokina: ā flow, however, these cooled fragments tumble down the steep front and are buried by the advancing flow. This produces a layer of lava fragments both at the bottom and top of an okina: aokina: ā flow.

Accretionary lava balls as large as ā if it becomes turbulent from meeting impediments or steep slopes.

The sharp, angled texture makes okina: aokina: ā a strong radar reflector, and can easily be seen from an orbiting satellite (bright on Magellan+ pictures).

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The word is also spelled ''aa'', ''a or . It originates from Hawaiian+ where it is pronounced IPA-haw|ʔəˈʔaː|: , meaning "stony rough lava", but also to "burn" or "blaze".

''Pāhoehoe'' (; from Hawaiian IPA-haw|paːˈhoweˈhowe|: , meaning "smooth, unbroken lava"), also spelled ''pahoehoe'', is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface. These surface features are due to the movement of very fluid lava under a congealing surface crust. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton+.

A pāhoehoe flow typically advances as a series of small lobes and toes that continually break out from a cooled crust. It also forms lava tube+s where the minimal heat loss maintains low viscosity. The surface texture of pāhoehoe flows varies widely, displaying all kinds of bizarre shapes often referred to as lava sculpture. With increasing distance from the source, pāhoehoe flows may change into .

Most lava flows on the Earth are less than long, but some pāhoehoe flows are more than long.

The rounded texture makes pāhoehoe a poor radar reflector, and is difficult to see from an orbiting satellite (dark on Magellan picture).

Block lava flows are typical of andesitic lavas from stratovolcanoes. They behave in a similar manner to ʻaʻā flows but their more viscous nature causes the surface to be covered in smooth-sided angular fragments (blocks) of solidified lava instead of clinkers. Like in ʻaʻā flows, the molten interior of the flow, which is kept insulated by the solidified blocky surface, overrides the rubble that falls off the flow front. They also move much more slowly downhill and are thicker in depth than ʻaʻā flows.

Lava dome+s and coulées are associated with felsic lava flows ranging from da However, lava fountains observed during Mount Vesuvius' 1779 eruption are believed to have reached at least . Lava fountains may occur as a series of short pulses, or a continuous jet of lava. They are commonly associated with Hawaiian eruption+s.



Rarely, a volcanic cone may fill with lava but not erupt. Lava which pools within the caldera is known as a lava lake. Lava lakes do not usually persist for long, either draining back into the magma chamber once pressure is relieved (usually by venting of gases through the caldera), or by draining via eruption of lava flows or pyroclastic explosion.

There are only a few sites in the world where permanent lakes of lava exist. These include:

* Mount Erebus+, Antarctica+
* Puʻu ʻŌʻō+ and Halemaumau Crater+ on Kilauea+ volcano, Hawaii+
* Erta Ale+, Ethiopia+
* Nyiragongo+, Democratic Republic of Congo+
* Ambrym+, Vanuatu+.


Lava deltas form wherever sub-aerial+ flows of lava enter standing bodies of water. The lava cools and breaks up as it encounters the water, with the resulting fragments filling in the seabed topography such that the sub-aerial flow can move further offshore. Lava deltas are generally associated with large-scale, effusive type basaltic volcanism.


Lava flows are enormously destructive to property in their path. However, casualties are rare since flows are usually slow enough for people and animals to escape, though this is dependent on the viscosity of the lava. Nevertheless, injuries and deaths have occurred, either because they had their escape route cut off, because they got too close to the flow USGS or, more rarely, if the lava flow front travels too quickly. This notably happened during the eruption of Nyiragongo+ in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo+). On the night of 10 January 1977 a crater wall was breached and a fluid lava lake drained out in under an hour. The resulting flow sped down the steep slopes at up to , and overwhelmed several villages while residents were asleep. As a result of this disaster, the mountain was designated a Decade Volcano+ in 1991. USGS+ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory+

Deaths attributed to volcanoes frequently have a different cause, for example volcanic ejecta, pyroclastic flow+ from a collapsing lava dome, lahar+s, poisonous gases that travel ahead of lava, or explosions caused when the flow comes into contact with water. A particularly dangerous area is called a lava bench+. This very young ground will typically break-off and fall into the sea.

Areas of recent lava flows continue to represent a hazard long after the lava has cooled. Where young flows have created new lands, land is more unstable and can break-off into the sea. Flows often have deep cracks, and any fall against fresh lava is similar to falling against broken glass. Rugged hiking boots, long pants, and gloves are recommended when crossing lava flows.


* Kalapana, Hawaii+ was destroyed by the eruption of the Kīlauea volcano+ in 1990. (abandoned)
* Koae and Kapoho, Hawaii+ were both destroyed by the same eruption of Kīlauea+ in January, 1960. (abandoned)
* Keawaiki, Hawaii 1859 (abandoned)
* San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Italy+ Destroyed in 1944 by the most recent eruption of Mount Vesuvius+ during the Allies' occupation of southern Italy+. (rebuilt)
* Cagsawa+, Philippines+ buried by lava erupted from Mayon Volcano+ in 1814.
* The Nisga'a+ villages of Lax Ksiluux+ and Wii Lax K'abit in northwestern British Columbia+, Canada were destroyed by thick lava flows during the eruption of Tseax Cone+ in the 1700s.

* Catania, Italy+, in the eruption Mount Etna+ in 1669 (rebuilt)
* Goma+, Democratic Republic of Congo+, in the eruption of Nyiragongo+ in 2002
* Heimaey, Iceland+, in the 1973 Eldfell+ eruption (rebuilt)
* Royal Gardens, Hawaii+, by the eruption of Kilauea+ in 1986–87 (abandoned)
* Parícutin+ (village after which the volcano was named) and San Juan Parangaricutiro+, Mexico, by Parícutin+ from 1943 to 1952.
* Sale'aula+, Samoa, by eruptions of Mt Matavanu+ between 1905 and 1911.

Tephra+ is volcanic ash+, lapilli+, volcanic bomb+s or volcanic block+s.

* Pompeii+, Italy in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius+ in 79 AD
* Herculaneum+, Italy in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius+ in 79 AD
* Sumbawa Island+, Indonesia in the eruption of Mount Tambora+ in 1815 AD
* Cerén+, El Salvador in the eruption of Ilopango+ between 410 and 535 AD
* Plymouth, Montserrat+, in 1995. Plymouth was the capital and only port of entry for Montserrat+ and had to be completely abandoned, along with over half of the island. It is still the ''de jure+'' capital.


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