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Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part I: Erta Ale volcano

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 foun... [info]
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Night-time patterns on the surface of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Night-time patterns on the surface of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Jorge and Steve taking pictures at night (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Jorge and Steve taking pictures at night (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The glow from the lava lake in the morning twilight (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The glow from the lava lake in the morning twilight (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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After an extended period of stable crust and relative inactivity, the now heavy crust starts to overturn and sink back into the liquid lake, causing very violent fountaining all along the perimeter of the lake and new rapid rifts creating new crust.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
After an extended period of stable crust and relative inactivity, the now heavy crust starts to over... [info]
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Sulphur covers part of the walls of a small, deep pit crater in the caldera, near the north crater (background). Sulphur from fumaroles also covers the caldera walls in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sulphur covers part of the walls of a small, deep pit crater in the caldera, near the north crater (... [info]
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Abstract patterns on the surface of the lava lake  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Abstract patterns on the surface of the lava lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Fresh lava is sloshing out of the fountain onto the lava lake's crust, where a small crack is widening into a a tiny rift. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fresh lava is sloshing out of the fountain onto the lava lake's crust, where a small crack is wideni... [info]
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Sloshing lava onto the crust of the lava lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sloshing lava onto the crust of the lava lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Spattering from the (hidden) fountain and the illuminated inner crater walls (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Spattering from the (hidden) fountain and the illuminated inner crater walls (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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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. (... [info]
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Jorge on the western rim right above the lava lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Jorge on the western rim right above the lava lake (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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