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Spatter, bombs, and toothpaste lava

where are we today?

(We had some trouble with the satellites Monday night, and I think readers got our full dispatch earlier this morning. We’ve now found a good spot to set up the satellite connection, and hope we’ve got the problem solved. Thanks for sticking with us.)

We left camp today and climbed up nearby Emperor Cone to survey our surroundings. Our section of Mt. Morning’s northern flank is a braidwork of lava flows and the outlines of long-vanished glaciers. In places where these strands cross are clues to the age of the landscape. We’re here to piece them together.

Lower down the mountain lies evidence of glaciers passing slowly by, carrying strange rocks from far away and dropping them here as calling cards. But today we focused on lava’s many shapes and trajectories: flying through the sky, pouring down out of a crater, or oozing in thick ribbons through cracks.

Read on about our adventure in the slideshow below. Can't see the slideshow? Get the Flash plug in »

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