Lava lake photos

Lava lakes are accumulations of larger volumes of liquid lava above one or several vents, unsually contained within a crater on the summit of the volcano. Volcanoes with eruptions that produce long-lasting lava lakes are relatively rare; some volcanoes are famous for their lava lakes: Kilauea (Hawaii), Erta Ale (Ethiopia), Nyiragongo (at present probably the most violent lava lake in the world, about 120 meters wide). Here are some photos about lava lakes from our archive:
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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
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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
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Lava lake inside Kilauea volcano's West Gap crater. The whole crust covering the lake has just been overturned, exposing the red hot glowing interior. hawaii_e7837 (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava lake inside Kilauea volcano's West Gap crater. The whole crust covering the lake has just been overturned, exposing the red hot glowing interior. hawaii_e7837 (Photo...
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Image found in Kilauea volcano (Hawaii), July 2007: lava lake activity in Pu'u 'O'o crater
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Vertical view onto the lava lake in the evening showing a typical scene of activity: 3 areas at the lake shore are moderately fountaining and several rifts occur on the surface of the lake, driven by internal convection of the magma. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Vertical view onto the lava lake in the evening showing a typical scene of activity: 3 areas at the lake shore are moderately fountaining and several rifts occur on the s...
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Copyright: Tom Pfeiffer / www.volcano-photo.com
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Image found in Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08, part I: Erta Ale volcano
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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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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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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
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
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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
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A second later, the gaps between plates have widened and new crust is forming on the cooling lava that has replaced the subducted slab. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A second later, the gaps between plates have widened and new crust is forming on the cooling lava that has replaced the subducted slab. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image found in Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
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
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As older crust sinks back down, new lava surges from the gaps and onto still floating parts of older crust. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
As older crust sinks back down, new lava surges from the gaps and onto still floating parts of older crust. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image found in Erta Ale Nov 2009: lava lake crust and fountains
Stefan filming the lava lake of Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Stefan filming the lava lake of Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image found in Desert, salt and volcanoes: February 2008 tour photos by Tom Pfeiffer
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The crust is breaking apart at the southern margin of the lava lake and fragments are subducted and replaced by fresh hot lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The crust is breaking apart at the southern margin of the lava lake and fragments are subducted and replaced by fresh hot lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image found in Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
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The crust can no longer be supported and starts to break up on the western end of the lake, leading to a rapid succession of spectacular crust subduction events. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The crust can no longer be supported and starts to break up on the western end of the lake, leading to a rapid succession of spectacular crust subduction events. (Photo: ...
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Image found in Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
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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
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Detail of the lava lake crust. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Detail of the lava lake crust. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image found in Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
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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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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
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While the lake starts to overflow on the western and northen rims, the crust starts to crack open. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
While the lake starts to overflow on the western and northen rims, the crust starts to crack open. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image found in Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
The crust has broken up into 3 large plates. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The crust has broken up into 3 large plates. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Image found in Erta Ale volcano: November 2009
The lava lake in the evening; its crust is quite solid there's almost no "tectonic" movements (for the time being). Only the fountain at the western shore is very active. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava lake in the evening; its crust is quite solid there's almost no "tectonic" movements (for the time being). Only the fountain at the western shore is very active....
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Copyright: Tom Pfeiffer / www.volcano-photo.com
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Image found in Danakil expedition Nov-Dec 08: additional photos
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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
Erta Ale's lava lake at dusk and some of our party observing. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Erta Ale's lava lake at dusk and some of our party observing. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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Copyright: Tom Pfeiffer / www.volcano-photo.com
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Image found in Erta Ale volcano expedition Feb 2008: the lava lake
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