Tears from heaven

Hollow Pele’s tear

‘Coolest’ lava rock found at Kilauea

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!”

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