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The Minerals of Kilauea

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
Highly viscous lava oozing from the edge of the flow in 2018, making its way from fissure 17 of the Kilauea volcano.
(UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, USGS)

Volcano activity is interesting to nearly everyone, but few are more interested than readers of Rock & Gem. We see the news reports of how a volcano works, but what exactly is the Kilauea volcano creating in terms of rocks and minerals?

Leslie Gordon, spokesperson for the Western Region of the United States Geological Service is a great resource. She explained that the Kilauea Volcano is mostly basalt, which has less silica (Si02) than lava, compared to other volcanoes.

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