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    Lava ocean entry from the 2016 Kalapana lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii. Watching new earth being formed is an amazing experience. Boiling ocean waves crashing into fresh lava & giving off clouds of steam along with scatter violent lava bursts from pressure release, creation of the earth is mesmerizing & powerful sight to see.
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    I agree with Your Shot photographer Sukanya De: “An extraordinary moment to observe, feel and be awe inspired by the power and magnificence of nature!!! It must be an incredible moment to witness the formation of new earth. I love the diagonal flow of lava and the surging waves, with the clouds of steam demarcating their boundaries!!! Your fabulous frame also reminds us of the constant conversion of energies in the universe and establishes a powerful expression of opposites in life!!”

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Aug 20, 2016
    Date Uploaded: Sep 12, 2016
    Location: Kalapana, Hawaii, United States
    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Focal Length: 400 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec
    Aperture: f/6.3
    ISO: 1600
    Copyright: © Mason Lake
    Categories: Landscapes, Nature, Travel
    Assignments: Beauty & Awe, Opposites
    Contests: 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year