Photographer's Note

This crater is situated inside the Kilauea Caldera. It it the legendary home of Pele, Goddess of Hawaiian Volcanoes. It is 3,000 feet across and in 2003 was 280 feet deep. In 1924 it was filled by a lake of molten lava that later slowly drained away underground down the east rift of Kilauea Volcano. The lattest major Halema'uma'u eruption occurred in 1967, filling the crater once again with lava. Afterwards, the lava drained away leaving a solidified ring half-way down the wall as seen in the photo. Today, the crater floor is largely covered by lava from a brief 1974 eruption.

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Additional Photos by Gary Larsen (gelarsen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 73 N: 105] (437)
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