Pele Hair

A natural spun glass formed by blowing-out during quiet fountaining of fluid lava, cascading lava falls, or turbulent flows, sometimes in association with pele tears. A single strand, with a diameter of less than half a millimeter, may be as long as two meters.

Glossary of volcanic terms. - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. . 2001.

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  • Pele's hair — /pay layz, pee leez/ volcanic glass thread, usually basaltic, caused by the solidification of exploding or ejected lava in the open air. [1840 50; trans. of Hawaiian lauoho o Pele hair of Pele (goddess of the volcano Kilauea)] * * * …   Universalium

  • Pele Tears — ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY GLOSSARY Small, solidified drops of volcanic glass behind which trail pendants of Pele hair. They may be tear shaped, spherical, or nearly cylindrical …   Glossary of volcanic terms

  • Pele's tears — Pele’s tears is a geological term for small pieces of solidified lava drops formed when airborne particles of molten material fuse into tearlike drops of volcanic glass. Pele’s tears are jet black in color and are often found on one end of a… …   Wikipedia

  • Pele (disambiguation) — Pele or Pelé may refer to any of these:Footballers*Pelé, a Brazilian footballer. *Pedro Pelé, a Cape Verde footballer *Abédi Pelé, a Ghanaian footballer *Yohann Pelé, a French footballer *Pélé, a Portuguese footballerOther*Jose Landi Jons, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Pele's hair — [pā′lāz΄, pē′lēz΄] n. [transl. of Haw lauoho o Pele, after Pele, goddess of volcanoes] fine, hairlike filaments of volcanic glass formed naturally from molten lava that hardened while it was subjected to high winds or other turbulence …   English World dictionary

  • Pele's hair — Pe le s hair [After a Hawaiian goddess associated with the crater Kilauea.] Glass threads or fibers formed by the wind from bits blown from frothy lava or from the tips of lava jets or from bits of liquid lava thrown into the air. It often… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pele's hair — See also Spanish moss for information on the plant nicknamed Pele’s hair Pele s hair a geological term for volcanic glass threads or fibers formed when small particles of molten material are thrown into the air and spun out by the wind into long… …   Wikipedia

  • Pele (deity) — In Hawaiian mythology, Pele (pronounced|ˈpɛlɛ PEH leh, not PAY lay) is the goddess of fire, lightning, dance, volcanoes and violence. She is a daughter of Haumea and Kane Milohai, and her home is believed to be the fire pit, Halema uma u crater,… …   Wikipedia

  • Pele's hair — USGS PHOTO GLOSSARY OF VOLCANIC TERMS Thin strands of volcanic glass drawn out from molten lava have long been called Pele s hair, named for Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes. A single strand, with a diameter of less than 0.5 mm, may be as… …   Glossary of volcanic terms

  • Pele's hair — /peɪleɪz ˈhɛə/ (say paylayz hair) noun fine threads of volcanic material formed by the weathering action of wind, etc., on molten lava. {translation of Hawaiian ilauoho o Pele, from Pele, the fire goddess who inhabited a volcano} …   Australian English dictionary

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