Erta Ale volcano, expedition 02/08 - lava fountains

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A small fountain starts by disrupting the crust along a weak rift on the thin crust of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A small fountain starts by disrupting the crust along a weak rift on the thin crust of the lava lake... [info]
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ertaale_e36925.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Gas escaping at the fountains creates large bubbles, several meters in diameter. The expanding gas tears the liquid magma into fragments and thin threads, called Pele's hair. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Gas escaping at the fountains creates large bubbles, several meters in diameter. The expanding gas t... [info]
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Crop of the image before. Pele's hair is seen forming at the expanding bubble on top and some is already floating in the hot gas (upper right). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Crop of the image before. Pele's hair is seen forming at the expanding bubble on top and some is alr... [info]
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The fountaining activity at the lava lake produces thin glass threads, called Pele's Hair, that drift out of the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The fountaining activity at the lava lake produces thin glass threads, called Pele's Hair, that drif... [info]
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Pele's hair and gas drifting out of the crater along with the changing wind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pele's hair and gas drifting out of the crater along with the changing wind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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ertaale_d21612.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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ertaale_e36968.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Lava fountain - note Pele's hair forming. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountain - note Pele's hair forming. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Enlarged section of previous image, better showing Pele's hair. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Enlarged section of previous image, better showing Pele's hair. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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ertaale_d21637.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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