Just Watching That Pretty Lava Flow

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Just Watching That Pretty Lava Flow: a meditation music video with visual taken from a drone flight over Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone (upper lava channel of fissure 8). During nighttime, the glow of hot lava is easy to see against the darkened surroundings, the most efficient way for geologists to observe the lava channel, to identify overflows, and breaches of the channel. Scientists use the video to assess lava flow velocities, which are measured by tracking surface features in the stationary video view. Using drones for this type of investigation has many advantages because the aircraft can hover above hazardous areas and it utilizes stabilized gimbals and mounts so that the video captured by on-board HD cameras is steady and smooth. Information obtained from this mission was relayed to Hawai‘i County emergency officials to aid in issuing emergency alerts and notices about the timing of evacuations. Video by the U.S. Geological Survey and Office of Aviation Services, Department of the Interior, with support from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Date Taken: June 29, 2018/ Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US.

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