- Geologists collect lava samples to understand the inner workings of volcanoes, and to help predict future eruptions.
- On Kīlauea, an active volcano in Hawaii, geologists look for areas where the lava is slowly moving on the surface.
- They approach upwind, wearing protective masks, gloves, and clothing, and use a pick-ax to pull the lava into a bucket of water.
- The lave can be up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After the lava cools and solidifies in the water, the geologists bag the samples to bring to their labs.
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