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See also Spanish moss for information on the plant nicknamed Pele’s hair


Pele's hair () is a geological term for volcanic glass threads or fibers formed when small particles of molten material are thrown into the air and spun out by the wind into long hair-like strands. The diameter of the strands is less than 0.5 mm, and they can be as long as 2 meters. Pele’s hair is deep yellow or gold and commonly found downwind from active vents. Pele's hair is primarily a scientific term used by volcanologists.

Pele's hair is named after Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes.

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