Pele's tear looks like small glass dragon egg

On the Kilauea volcano in the Halema’uma’u Crater there have recently been a flurry of explosive eruptions and from the debris has emerged a black dragon egg.

This half an inch treasure was discovered on January 8, 2015, by Tim Orr near the rim of Halema’uma’u Crater about 360 feet above the source that is was spewed from a lava lake.Pele's tear looks like small glass dragon egg

So it is not exactly a dragon egg.  It is actually a Pele’s tear or small bits of molten lava that cooled quickly forming tear-drop like glass structures.  This oval specimen is rare.

The Hawaiian history is rich with Pele’s tear connections.  It is named after the hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, a beautiful but temperamental goddess.  It is more common to find Pele’s hair forming from similar conditions but in long, thin strands of glass.  Almost like volcanic fiberglass.

These glassy deposits are often spewed from volcanoes and their lava lakes, but it’s rare to find one in this oval shape. They are formed when molten lava is ejected in a volcanic fountain and then cools extremely quickly. Due to this swift process of formation, they’re more likely to be an irregular shape and are often found at near the ends of Pele’s hair formations.

“To my knowledge, it’s the only thing like it that has ever formed,” Orr told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

“I have nothing else that I can call it,” he added. “I don’t know how it could have formed.”

Video of the eruption from around the time the “dragon egg” was found.

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