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Spatter Cone

Spatter cone

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A spatter cone is created when blobs of lava are thrown into the air from a single event.  The blobs pile up on each other, forming a cone-shaped structure around the vent.  Some spatter cones, such as the cast one here, form from small vents on the crust of active lava flows.

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Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Volcanoes

Keywords: Volcanoes--Hawaii, Lava, Volcanism, Volcanic eruptions

Audience: General