There are two kinds of lava flows. One is sharp and pointy and the other is smooth and flowing. They are differentiated by their temperature and chemical composition. When you look at a hill with a lava flow you will see both styles next to each other in big swaths that has destroyed everything in its path.. The flowing kinds creates spectacular patterns that undulate and swirl, sometimes cracking, and even splitting in pieces. It represents both the power and the beauty of the natural world.