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At first glance you might think the otherworldly light in these pictures comes from a nebula or another planet deep in outer space.
In fact it is made by burning sulphur which pours from the side of the Kawah Ijen volcano on planet Earth, which is part of the Ijen volcano complex in East Java, Indonesia.
Miners have run ceramic pipes from vents in the side of the mountain to collection points inside a large crater where the molten chemical is left to cool before being broken up and carried away.
Photographer Olivier Grunewald, who captured some of these amazing shots, had to wear a gas mask during his expedition into the crater, and lost two lenses and a camera while trying to capture the mysterious pictures.
reply to post by sled735
That must be really, really hot. What happens when we see white lava? Does that just melt the rock? It would be pretty cool if somehow it could be harnessed. Maybe develop some type of geothermal capture device? Seems doable if a guy can get close enough to take pictures.
Anyways, awesome pics.
This gives the blue planet a different meaning.
Inside the earth it is.....Blue!
Let the theory begins
When burned, sulfur melts to a blood-red liquid and emits a blue flame that is best observed in the dark.