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Plate 3: Young parasitic cone on the lower west side of Fang Ridge on Mt Erebus. From an aerial perspective this young eruptive cone’s lava flows look like an octopus draped over a hill. Mt Bird and the Ross Sea are in the background. The summit of Mt Bird is directly behind the cone, Cape Bird, where we camped, is on the left, and the un-sampled lava flows of Lewis Bay are on the right. In the foreground, Ken Sims swings a sledgehammer to collect a fresh lava sample and Glenn Gaetani obtains a sample bag from the helicopter’s side basket to properly archive the sample. Photo by A-Star pilot Paul Murphy.