Pāhoehoe Wrinkles: Photograph by Will Tenney
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Pāhoehoe Wrinkles

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The lava on Hawaii comes in two basic forms: smooth and ropy pāhoehoe, and crumbly and rough aā. Both are the same kind of rock but become different textures by the way the lava cools. Here, Mauna Ulu lava from 1969, found alongside the Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, has cooled into wrinkly pāhoehoe, swirling like gathered fabric.

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