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mer., 7 août 2019, 12:05
The Observatoire Volcanologique de Goma (OVG) reported that during 1-31 July the level Nyiragongo’s lava lake had dropped, making it not visible in the daytime. Incandescence from the lake continued to be visible at night. Activity also declined at a small eruptive cone that formed in the crater in 2014. ... lire toutes
sam., 24 juin 2017, 14:38
A selection of photographs taken by Ingrid Smet during our June 2017 Nyiragongo lava lake and mountain gorillas expedition in the DR Congo which included a 3 days / nights stay on Nyiragongo volcano. ... lire toutes

 

Nyiragongo Volcano Photos

Stratovolcano 3470 m / 11,384 ft
DRCongo, -1.52°S / 29.25°E
As morning approaches, the intense red and yellow light of the lava once again mixes with the blue of the sky, creating a unique spectacle. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
As morning approaches, the intense red and yellow light of the lava once again mixes with the blue of the sky, creating a unique spectacle. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image trouvée dans: Nyiragongo volcan (DRCongo), jan 2011: lac de lave
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Again the Nyiragongo lava lake. The red glow of the lava was clearly visible through the day. (Photo: shinkov)
Again the Nyiragongo lava lake. The red glow of the lava was clearly visible through the day. (Photo: shinkov)
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The lights of Goma town in the background left remind me of standing on Etna volcano and looking down to Catania... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lights of Goma town in the background left remind me of standing on Etna volcano and looking down to Catania... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Time to wake up and enjoy the last hour of darkness before sunrise! As usual, Gilles is already up before all others and standing at the crater rim behind, to watch the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Time to wake up and enjoy the last hour of darkness before sunrise! As usual, Gilles is already up before all others and standing at the crater rim behind, to watch the l...
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Evening twilight at the rim near the campsite. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Evening twilight at the rim near the campsite. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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The temperature of the white-glowing liquid lava inside the lake, briefly visible at the fountains, reaches more than 1200 deg. C.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The temperature of the white-glowing liquid lava inside the lake, briefly visible at the fountains, reaches more than 1200 deg. C. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Nyiragongo volcano at night: Gilles in his favorite position, watching the fascinating movements of the lava lake at night for hours. The lights of Goma are visible in the far left. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Nyiragongo volcano at night: Gilles in his favorite position, watching the fascinating movements of the lava lake at night for hours. The lights of Goma are visible in th...
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Our tents against the red sky and the lights of Goma town in the background. Two others are still awake, too, and visible as shadows behind the tents. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our tents against the red sky and the lights of Goma town in the background. Two others are still awake, too, and visible as shadows behind the tents. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffe...
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The surface of the lava lake of Nyiragongo - an ever changing Kaleidoscope of patterns. (Photo: shinkov)
The surface of the lava lake of Nyiragongo - an ever changing Kaleidoscope of patterns. (Photo: shinkov)
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Nyiragongo volcano (DR Congo): When sunlight doesn't hit the lake and light gets lower, the glowing lava between the cracks of the thin crust and at the fountains of the lake becomes more visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Nyiragongo volcano (DR Congo): When sunlight doesn't hit the lake and light gets lower, the glowing lava between the cracks of the thin crust and at the fountains of the ...
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The peaks of Mikeno and Karisimbi volcanoes, part of the Virunga group of volcanoes, silhouette against the morning horizon to the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The peaks of Mikeno and Karisimbi volcanoes, part of the Virunga group of volcanoes, silhouette against the morning horizon to the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Camp on the rim of Nyiragongo volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Camp on the rim of Nyiragongo volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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The degassing fountains often form clusters that shift position driven by internal convection in the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The degassing fountains often form clusters that shift position driven by internal convection in the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Our group in position on the crater rim above the campsite in the evening twilight - photographers' favorite light, when lava glow mixes with dusk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our group in position on the crater rim above the campsite in the evening twilight - photographers' favorite light, when lava glow mixes with dusk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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The tents of our camp on the narrow terrace below the rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The tents of our camp on the narrow terrace below the rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The degassing fountains often form clusters that shift position driven by internal convection in the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The degassing fountains often form clusters that shift position driven by internal convection in the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wide angle (15mm on 35mm sensor) view of the whole crater (caldera) of Nyiragongo with its lava lake illuminating the inner walls at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wide angle (15mm on 35mm sensor) view of the whole crater (caldera) of Nyiragongo with its lava lake illuminating the inner walls at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Silhouettes of two lava watchers. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Silhouettes of two lava watchers. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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When sunlight doesn't hit the lake and light gets lower, the glowing lava between the cracks of the thin crust and at the fountains of the lake becomes more visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
When sunlight doesn't hit the lake and light gets lower, the glowing lava between the cracks of the thin crust and at the fountains of the lake becomes more visible. (Pho...
Mikeno and Karisimbi in the background behind the illuminated wall of Nyiragongo's crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Mikeno and Karisimbi in the background behind the illuminated wall of Nyiragongo's crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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A strong lava fountain is erupting from the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A strong lava fountain is erupting from the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image trouvée dans: Nyiragongo volcan (DRCongo), jan 2011: fontaines de lave
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Wide angle view of the caldera with the concentric terraces and the lava lake during the day. The 1977 high level of the lake correspond to the discontinuous narrow terrace visible in the upper walls in the left, the 2002 level of the lake is the large terrace covered with yellow-brownish deposit (pele's hair and weathered lapilli). The lake itself has risen by about 50 meters compared to 2006-7. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wide angle view of the caldera with the concentric terraces and the lava lake during the day. The 1977 high level of the lake correspond to the discontinuous narrow terra...
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Group photo of our expedition members on the crater rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Group photo of our expedition members on the crater rim. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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A twin fountain in the center of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A twin fountain in the center of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Beautiful fountain in the middle of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Beautiful fountain in the middle of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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The fountains are exploding gas bubbles. In this picture, the round shape of such a bubble just before bursting is visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The fountains are exploding gas bubbles. In this picture, the round shape of such a bubble just before bursting is visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Our kitchen at the camp just 10 meters below the rim of the crater... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our kitchen at the camp just 10 meters below the rim of the crater... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Red lava fountains and white plumes of gas alternate with dark areas of the thin, solid crust visible in between. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Red lava fountains and white plumes of gas alternate with dark areas of the thin, solid crust visible in between. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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The lava lake inside the huge crater of Nyiragongo at night (July 2006) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava lake inside the huge crater of Nyiragongo at night (July 2006) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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The fountains have moved to the rim of the lake, leaving the middle section free of smoke and exposing its beautiful zig zag lines dividing the thin plates of crust. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The fountains have moved to the rim of the lake, leaving the middle section free of smoke and exposing its beautiful zig zag lines dividing the thin plates of crust. (Pho...
Thanks to the risen level of the lake, the rim near the campsite now offers unobstructed, perfect views of the whole lake. And thanks to the prevailing easterly winds, it is also usually clear of the fumes, perfect for observation. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Thanks to the risen level of the lake, the rim near the campsite now offers unobstructed, perfect views of the whole lake. And thanks to the prevailing easterly winds, it...
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Watching the lava lake, the night is illuminated red by its glow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Watching the lava lake, the night is illuminated red by its glow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the lava lake at night, partly obscured by fumes. It's impossible to photograph the real sight - raising emotions, pictures and dreams of the birth of earth.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the lava lake at night, partly obscured by fumes. It's impossible to photograph the real sight - raising emotions, pictures and dreams of the birth of earth. (Ph...
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On a windless day, the fumes produced by the fountains of the lake rise vertically and is illuminated by the intense glow of the lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On a windless day, the fumes produced by the fountains of the lake rise vertically and is illuminated by the intense glow of the lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Nyiragongo's lava lake at night (Jan 2018) (Photo: Michael Wareham)
Nyiragongo's lava lake at night (Jan 2018) (Photo: Michael Wareham)
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Image trouvée dans: Nyiragongo volcano & Mountain gorillas: tour photos Jan 2018 by Michael Wareham
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Watching the lava lake, the night is illuminated red by its glow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Watching the lava lake, the night is illuminated red by its glow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Nyiragongo lava lake. (Photo: mlyvers)
Nyiragongo lava lake. (Photo: mlyvers)
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Nyiragongo's lava lake (Photo: Yashmin Chebli)
Nyiragongo's lava lake (Photo: Yashmin Chebli)
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Image trouvée dans: Nyiragongo lava lake & mountain gorillas: tour photos July 2015
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Nighttime red glow from the boiling hot lava in July 2015. The world´s largest constant lava lake resides a few 100cm below the rim of Nyiragongo´s summit caldera, DR Congo. (Photo: Yashmin Chebli)
Nighttime red glow from the boiling hot lava in July 2015. The world´s largest constant lava lake resides a few 100cm below the rim of Nyiragongo´s summit caldera, DR Con...
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Evening image of steaming Nyiragongo volcano from nearby Rwanda. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Evening image of steaming Nyiragongo volcano from nearby Rwanda. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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As evening approaches, the lava color becomes more intense. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
As evening approaches, the lava color becomes more intense. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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The huge caldera of Nyiragongo volcano (Photo: Yashmin Chebli)
The huge caldera of Nyiragongo volcano (Photo: Yashmin Chebli)
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Often, tens of smaller fountains are clustered along "fissures" on the surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Often, tens of smaller fountains are clustered along "fissures" on the surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image trouvée dans: Nyiragongo volcan (DRCongo), jan 2011: fontaines de lave
Day 5 - morning view of the central part of Nyiragongo´s summit caldera and its active lava lake (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 5 - morning view of the central part of Nyiragongo´s summit caldera and its active lava lake (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Crater walls of Nyiragongo with the first terrace, illuminated by the lava lake at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Crater walls of Nyiragongo with the first terrace, illuminated by the lava lake at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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The exploding gas bubble cause large waves on the surface of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The exploding gas bubble cause large waves on the surface of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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The agitated surface of the lava lake with active fountains in twilight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The agitated surface of the lava lake with active fountains in twilight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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A "fissure eruption" on the lava lake's surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A "fissure eruption" on the lava lake's surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Day 3 - Hiking up the lower slopes of Nyiragongo volcano (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 3 - Hiking up the lower slopes of Nyiragongo volcano (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 3 - Looking back fron Nyiragongo´s lower flank towards Rwanda (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 3 - Looking back fron Nyiragongo´s lower flank towards Rwanda (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 5 - Late afternoon view across the western part of the caldera and the lava lake on our second full day on Nyiragongo´s summit (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 5 - Late afternoon view across the western part of the caldera and the lava lake on our second full day on Nyiragongo´s summit (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 5 - Local plants growing on Nyiragongo´s summit (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 5 - Local plants growing on Nyiragongo´s summit (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 4 - View from Nyiragongo´s summit down to Shaheru crater - and the camp toilets in the centre right (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 4 - View from Nyiragongo´s summit down to Shaheru crater - and the camp toilets in the centre right (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 3 - First clear view of Nyiragongo volcano (with Shaheru crater to the left) (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 3 - First clear view of Nyiragongo volcano (with Shaheru crater to the left) (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 3 - The third resting point at ca 2750 m asl is near the large fracture from which the fissure eruption on Nyiragongo´s southern slopes occurred in 2002 (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 3 - The third resting point at ca 2750 m asl is near the large fracture from which the fissure eruption on Nyiragongo´s southern slopes occurred in 2002 (Photo: Ingri...
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Day 7 - On a clear day, Nyiragongo´s truncated summit also dominates the surrounding landscape (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 7 - On a clear day, Nyiragongo´s truncated summit also dominates the surrounding landscape (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 3 - View from Nyiragongo´s lower flank to the flat rift valley and beyond the hills of Rwanda and Karisimbi volcano (left) (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 3 - View from Nyiragongo´s lower flank to the flat rift valley and beyond the hills of Rwanda and Karisimbi volcano (left) (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 5 - Nyiragongo´s lava lake after sunset (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 5 - Nyiragongo´s lava lake after sunset (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 3 - On Nyiragongo we camp in the simple A-frame huts provided for by Virunga National Park (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 3 - On Nyiragongo we camp in the simple A-frame huts provided for by Virunga National Park (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 6 - Hiking down across the older volcanic deposits on Nyiragongo´s lower slopes (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 6 - Hiking down across the older volcanic deposits on Nyiragongo´s lower slopes (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 7 - Nyiragongo towers over the city of Goma and its inhabitants starting out on a new day (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 7 - Nyiragongo towers over the city of Goma and its inhabitants starting out on a new day (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 5 - Nyiragongo´s lava lake at dawn (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 5 - Nyiragongo´s lava lake at dawn (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 4 - Overview of the central part of Nyiragongo´s summit caldera (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 4 - Overview of the central part of Nyiragongo´s summit caldera (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Day 5 - Nyiragongo´s lava lake during the day time is often partially obscured by the gas plumes it emanates (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
Day 5 - Nyiragongo´s lava lake during the day time is often partially obscured by the gas plumes it emanates (Photo: Ingrid Smet)
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Links and recommended reading:

Publications:

  • Allard P., Baxter P., Halbwachs M., Kasareka M., Komorowski J.C., Joron J.L. (2003), The most destructive effusive eruption in modern history: Nyiragongo 2003, Geophysical Research Abstracts, v. 5, 11970

Anciennes publications:

  • Verhoogen, Jean: Les volcans Virunga et l'éruption du Nyamlagira de 1938 / par J. Verhoogen, S. 326 - 353. (Frankfurt University Library, Germany)
  • Meyer, André: Study of the Volcano Nyiragongo : a progress report / by Thure G. Sahama and André Meyer. - Bruxelles : Hayez, 1958 (Frankfurt University Library)

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