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Photo of pahoehoe lava

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When thick viscous lava oozes from a Galapagos volcano, it solidifies into rope-like formations called pahoehoe (pronounced pa-hoy-hoy. The name comes from a Hawaiian word meaning "ropey" that describes similar lava rock found on those islands. James Island (Santiago) is one of the best places in the Galapagos to see this type of lava.

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