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Lava rock could lay foundation for basalt industry

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    Lava could produce a material called basalt fiber that would be suitable for turning into durable fabrics, rebar, insulation materials and structural mesh for the building industry, according to a report by the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems. A Leilani Estates street was blocked by lava flow Sept. 8.

The Big Island produced a lot of new lava rock this year, and some of it could be the raw material for a new local industry, according to a report commissioned by a state agency. Read more

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