Pele’s Unusually Thick Hair
Something unusual was found in Kaʻū Desert, located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this month – scientists discovered hectares (acres) of Pele’s hair. Usually there’s no more than several square meters (a few square feet).
Pele’s hair is a type of lava. It forms when molten basaltic lava is blown out, such as when gas bubbles burst in the lava lake located at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit. The bursting bubbles propel magma into the air, where the droplets are drawn into long strands that resemble golden hair. This “hair” is actually glass that is extremely light and brittle.