Capturing Lava

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Capturing Lava

In 1911 Perret, right, lived for several months in a cabin on the edge of Hawaii’s Kilauea crater. With the help of a crew, he rigged a cable across the 1,300-foot wide crater and lowered a plumber’s solder bucket 180 feet to scoop lava from its molten lake. (Helping him carry the sample is Lorrin Thurstin. Thurstin, founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Research Association, and an indefatigable promoter of all things Hawaiian, was the leader of the group that overthrew Queen Lili`uokalani and declared allegiance to the United States in 1893.) From Perret’s book Volcanological Observations. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1924.