yesterday's photo from a different angle. I'll reiterate that I'm not sure if "lava balls" is a term used broadly among volcanologists; Lava Butte is the only place I've seen it. At the same time, I want to acknowledge that the mechanism described on the interpretive sign there seems logical and the best explanation *I* can think of. The rabbit brush is typically 2-3 feet in height, so these are pretty big- maybe 10-15 feet in diameter. The thought of these incandescently hot, rolling down an active lava flow, is quite intimidating.
Photo run through Paint.Net's autolevel routine. August 21, 2011. FlashEarth location.
Is This Your Hat?
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