pahoehoe lava coil

Lava coils are spiral or scroll-shaped features that form along slow-moving shear zones in a flow; for example, along the margins of a small channel. The direction of flow can be determined from a lava coil. Lava on the right side of the photo was moving toward the top of the view relative to lava on the left side.
Photograph by W.W. Chadwick in January 1983.
Lava coil on pahoehoe flow, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i.
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