Lava Butte Volcano Photos

Shield(s) 1447 m / 4747 ft
Oregon, United States, 43°N / -117.42°W
Claude, Olivier and Paul watch the activity of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Claude, Olivier and Paul watch the activity of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 2009: expedition on Erta Ale
Liquid lava floods older crust. The weight of the flooding lava causes new fractures and new segments of the crust to overturn (upper left of the photo).  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Liquid lava floods older crust. The weight of the flooding lava causes new fractures and new segments of the crust to overturn (upper left of the photo). (Photo: Tom Pfe...
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image found in: Lava lake in Pu'u 'O'o crater (July 2007)
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Erta Ale volcano's lava lake back in Nov 2009.  
The red glow of the lava illuminates the crater walls under the blue sky of dusk. A small group of observers is on the left crater rim. 
During the past 7 years, the lava lake has gradually risen. As of now (Dec 2016), the lava lake has completely filled the pit crater and constructed a new shield by ongoing overflows.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Erta Ale volcano's lava lake back in Nov 2009.
The red glow of the lava illuminates the crater walls under the blue sky of dusk. A small group of observers is on ...
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
... and in: Photo of the Day
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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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image found in: Nyiragongo volcano (DRCongo), Jan 2011: observing the lava lake
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A spherical lava bubble explodes on the surface of the lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A spherical lava bubble explodes on the surface of the lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08: additional photos
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Close-up of a beautiful day-light fountain. Pele's hair can be seen forming as glassy threads between the liquid fragments of the bursting bubble. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Close-up of a beautiful day-light fountain. Pele's hair can be seen forming as glassy threads between the liquid fragments of the bursting bubble. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part II: lava fountains
Franz, Frank and Karinna watch the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Franz, Frank and Karinna watch the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Desert, salt and volcanoes: February 2008 tour photos by Tom Pfeiffer
... and in: Erta Ale volcano expedition Feb 2008: the lava lake
... and in: Photo of the Day
On 25 Nov, the lava level often rises to the rim of the ring wall, then descends again. Large spectacular bubbles burst. Note the intense heat blur and the formation of Pele's hair. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On 25 Nov, the lava level often rises to the rim of the ring wall, then descends again. Large spectacular bubbles burst. Note the intense heat blur and the formation of P...
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano Nov 2010: overflowing lava lake
... and in: Erta Ale volcano Nov 2010: lava fountains
... and in: Photo of the Day
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The lava lake of Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia, at dusk (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava lake of Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia, at dusk (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
... and in: Photo of the Day
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Tourists at the rim of Erta Ale's lava lake at night (Danakil desert, Ethiopia) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tourists at the rim of Erta Ale's lava lake at night (Danakil desert, Ethiopia) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 2009: expedition on Erta Ale
... and in: Photo of the Day
A 10 m wide mighty lava fountain is playing its firework display in the middle of the lake at night.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A 10 m wide mighty lava fountain is playing its firework display in the middle of the lake at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part II: lava fountains
... and in: Photo of the Day
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 found in: Nyiragongo volcano (DRCongo), Jan 2011: lava lake
... and in: Photo of the Day
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Lava fountain (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountain (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale Nov 2009: lava lake crust and fountains
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Spattering from the lava fountain at night (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Spattering from the lava fountain at night (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part II: lava fountains
... and in: Photo of the Day
Fountaining illuminates the crater walls. Some observers are gathered on the left rim of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fountaining illuminates the crater walls. Some observers are gathered on the left rim of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part I: Erta Ale volcano
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Jorge and Steve taking pictures at night (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Jorge and Steve taking pictures at night (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part I: Erta Ale volcano
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Photographers at work at the lava lake... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Photographers at work at the lava lake... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano expedition Feb 2008: the lava lake
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At the same time, pressurized gasses start producing fountains in the middle of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
At the same time, pressurized gasses start producing fountains in the middle of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
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Exploding gas bubble at the lava lake of Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Exploding gas bubble at the lava lake of Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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At times, blobs of liquid lava almost two meters in diameter are thrown up from the vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
At times, blobs of liquid lava almost two meters in diameter are thrown up from the vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Spattering from the East vent in Pu'u 'O'o crater (July 2007)
The group on the rim of the crater, whose walls are illuminated bright yellow and orange by the fountaining. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The group on the rim of the crater, whose walls are illuminated bright yellow and orange by the fountaining. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part I: Erta Ale volcano
Glowing ropy pahoehoe lava from Kilauea volcano (Hawaii) at night (Mar 2017).
This type of lava texture is commonly found on the Hawaiian shield volcanoes which produce vast lava flow fields of relatively fluid basalt lava. Kilauea volcano is the best location to observe this fascinating type of lava in activity from close.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Glowing ropy pahoehoe lava from Kilauea volcano (Hawaii) at night (Mar 2017).
This type of lava texture is commonly found on the Hawaiian shield volcanoes which pro...
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image found in: Photo of the Day
Magma bubble disrupting the crust of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Magma bubble disrupting the crust of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano expedition 02/08: lava bubbles and fountains at night
Early morning of 16 Oct, another strong explosion occurs, sending glowing bombs in all directions. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Early morning of 16 Oct, another strong explosion occurs, sending glowing bombs in all directions. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Krakatau volcano: eruption Oct 2018 - vulcanian explosions and lightning
Most of us gather on the western rim, to enjoy the spectacular fountaining at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Most of us gather on the western rim, to enjoy the spectacular fountaining at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part I: Erta Ale volcano
The western part of the lava lake is being overturned. The solid crust is broken into large fragments that sink back into the fluid interior of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The western part of the lava lake is being overturned. The solid crust is broken into large fragments that sink back into the fluid interior of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfei...
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
... and in: Photo of the Day
Lava fountain - note Pele's hair forming. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountain - note Pele's hair forming. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano, expedition 02/08 - lava fountains
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Fresh lava from the interior of the lake flooding over older crust on the lake. hawaii_e7042.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fresh lava from the interior of the lake flooding over older crust on the lake. hawaii_e7042.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Lava lake in Pu'u 'O'o crater (July 2007)
... and in: Photo of the Day
The trail of a fountain moving NW with the interior current of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The trail of a fountain moving NW with the interior current of the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
... and in: Photo of the Day
Moving lava fountain in the evening (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Moving lava fountain in the evening (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
... and in: Photo of the Day
The surface of the lava lake in the evening, when the rift zones are starting to glow red, revealing fresh magma welling up. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The surface of the lava lake in the evening, when the rift zones are starting to glow red, revealing fresh magma welling up. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part I: Erta Ale volcano
Spattering from a lava fountain (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Spattering from a lava fountain (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part II: lava fountains
... and in: Photo of the Day
At the moment of the collapse of the hornito, the lens (300mm) was pointed to an area immediately left of it, and this and the next photo show the "missing" left half of the hornito seconds after its collapse.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
At the moment of the collapse of the hornito, the lens (300mm) was pointed to an area immediately left of it, and this and the next photo show the "missing" left half of ...
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image found in: Spattering from the East vent in Pu'u 'O'o crater (July 2007)
... and in: Photo of the Day
The volcano on the evening of 28 Nov 2009. The lava lake is in a phase of crust overturn, and red hot lava illuminates the circular crater walls. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The volcano on the evening of 28 Nov 2009. The lava lake is in a phase of crust overturn, and red hot lava illuminates the circular crater walls. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
... and in: Photo of the Day
A spherical bubble in the fountain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A spherical bubble in the fountain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
... and in: Photo of the Day
Pulsating lava fountain ejecting liquid spatter from the margin of the lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pulsating lava fountain ejecting liquid spatter from the margin of the lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
Exploding lava bubble at the fountain at the margin of the lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Exploding lava bubble at the fountain at the margin of the lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part I: Erta Ale volcano
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 tears the liquid magma into fragments and thin threads, called Pele's h...
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano, expedition 02/08 - lava fountains
Spherical magma bubble (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Spherical magma bubble (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part II: lava fountains
Silhouettes of a group watching the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Silhouettes of a group watching the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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image found in: Erta Ale volcano Nov 2010: people on the volcano
... and in: Desert, salt and volcanoes - photos
... and in: Photo of the Day
... and in: Photo of the Week
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