What are lava pillars?

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      Mahmut MAT

      What are lava pillars?

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      Lava pillars, also known as lava tubes or lava caves, are hollow, cylindrical structures that form when lava flows on the surface of the Earth and solidifies around a flowing stream of molten lava. As the lava continues to flow, the outer layers begin to cool and harden, forming a crust that encases the still-flowing lava inside. Over time, as the lava flows out of the tube and the crust continues to cool and harden, a hollow cylindrical tube is left behind.

      Lava pillars can be found in many volcanic regions around the world, including Hawaii, Iceland, and the Canary Islands. They can range in size from small, narrow tubes to large, cavernous structures that extend for many miles. Some lava tubes even contain hidden chambers and subterranean lakes.

      Lava pillars are of interest to scientists and explorers because they provide unique opportunities to study the geology and history of volcanic regions. They can also provide shelter and habitat for a variety of plant and animal species that are adapted to living in these extreme environments. In addition, lava pillars are often popular tourist attractions, offering visitors a chance to explore the mysterious and otherworldly landscapes that are created by volcanic activity.

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