Geologists testing water from new Hawaii volcano crater lake

Geologists testing water from new Hawaii volcano crater lake
An unmanned aircraft system collects a water sample from Halemaumau. (Source: USGS)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Federal geologists are examining samples of water from a growing pond in a Hawaii volcano’s crater.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Wednesday that scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory used a drone to collect water samples from a growing lake in Kilauea volcano’s crater.

They will test the water’s chemistry to find out more about its origin and how much it is interacting with volcanic gases that comes from deep magma.

Geologists confirmed the presence of the water in the bottom of Halemaumau crater this summer. It is the first time in recorded history that water has appeared in the crater.

Kilauea had a major eruption last year that caused the collapse of the crater to below the water table.

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