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kipuka

[kee-poo-kah] /kiˈpu kɑ/
noun
1.
(in Hawaii) a tract of land surrounded by recent lava flows.
Origin of kipuka
< Hawaiian kīpuka
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  • Those visible here are pretty much all that's left, with the exception of one small kipuka out of sight to the right.
  • Older rocks are found only in a handful of kipuka, areas of vegetation surrounded by younger lava flows.
  • View looking back to the north at the terminus of the active flow as it approaches the forested kipuka at the center of the photo.
  • Each time lava enters even the tiniest vegetated kipuka, a fire is generated.

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