Hollow Pele’s tear
A Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist has found what may be one of the coolest lava rocks ever following a rockfall and explosion at Kilauea last week.
“It’s an incredibly curious thing,” said Tim Orr, a geologist with the observatory. “Nothing like this has been seen before.”
The black, glassy volcanic object is about the size and shape of a Pele’s tear — oval and about a half-inch long — but it is hollow inside — like a lava eggshell.
“The fact that it is hollow is what is really interesting,” Orr said.
Scientists posted a picture on the observatory website and initially described the object as the “Coolest Pele’s Tear ever!”