Pele's hair


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Pele's hair

[‚pā‚lāz ′her]
(geology)
A spun volcanic glass formed naturally by blowing out during quiet fountaining of fluid lava. Also known as capillary ejecta; filiform lapilli; lauoho o pele.
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Scientists have even adopted the myth, in a way: To this day, long thin strands of volcanic glass created by eruptions on Hawaiian islands are called Pele's hair, a fitting tribute to the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes.
The goddess has even been incorporated into geological terminology: Pele's hair (fine filaments of lava spun into glass) and Pele's tears (tiny droplets of hardened lava shaped into tears) can be seen throughout the park, and at nearby Thomas A.
So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's hair," wispy strands produced by lava fountains and carried aloft by the wind.