Pele's tears


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Pele's tears

 (tîrz)
pl.n.
Small, tear-shaped or nearly spherical pieces of volcanic glass often found at the end of a strand of Pele's hair, forming from the solidification of lava droplets ejected from a volcano.

[Translation of Hawaiian waimaka o Pele : waimaka, tears (from wai, water + maka, eye) + o, of + Pele, volcano goddess (from pele, lava flow).]
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The goddess has even been incorporated into geological terminology: Pele's hair (fine filaments of lava spun into glass) and Pele's tears (tiny droplets of hardened lava shaped into tears) can be seen throughout the park, and at nearby Thomas A.
the author's thorough account of the process makes this book read like college text at times, but he's also capable of dry wit, as in his condemnation of the souvenirstand ruse of palming off Mainland obsidian as volcanic Pele's tears: "Pele, the Hawaiian gooddess of fire at Kilauea, is weeping over the deceptions carried out in her name."