posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 10:17 AM
The view from the volcano’s rim, 11,380 feet above the ground. At 1,300 feet deep, the lava lake has created one of the wonders of the
At the surface of the lake, bubbles of gas explode. The surface is permanently churned by fury from the earth's crust
The expedition members need to tote a total of 1,300 pounds of equipment, food, and water -- enough for two days. The base camp is set up
about 400 feet above the lava lake
In June 2010, a team of scientists and intrepid explorers stepped onto the shore of the lava lake boiling in the depths of Nyiragongo Crater, in
the heart of the Great Lakes region of Africa. The team had dreamed of this: walking on the shores of the world's largest lava lake. Members of the
team had been dazzled since childhood by the images of the 1960 documentary "The Devil's Blast" by Haroun Tazieff, who was the first to reveal to the
public the glowing red breakers crashing at the bottom of Nyiragongo crater. Photographer Olivier Grunewald was within a meter of the lake itself,
giving us a unique glimpse of it's molten matter.
Volcanic gases heat the base camp. Members often need to don gas masks for sleeping.
14At night, the base camp is illuminated by the light of the lava lake
At dawn, the light becomes magic, but gases could cover the bottom of the crater in a matter of seconds
Just absolutely stunning and breath taking. I love it. Be sure to check out the main article link for the rest of the great pics.
I didn't know one could get so close to a volcano-safely. Great work on their part. How many of you would climb down there-into hell?
taking a big chance-for science. I don't know if I could actually do what they did---and sleeping next to it. Just one wrong volcano burp of Lava
and you are toast!
Wonderful stuff. I hope you like.
edit on 3/8/2011 by anon72 because: (no reason given)