Nyiragongo volcano (DRCongo), Jan 2011: lava fountains

A strong lava fountain is erupting from the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A strong lava fountain is erupting from the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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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 befo... [info]
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In lower light, the contrast of the lava and the dark surface of the barely cooled crust becomes stronger. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
In lower light, the contrast of the lava and the dark surface of the barely cooled crust becomes str... [info]
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The exploding bubbles are torn into thin glassy threads of lava, so-called Pele's Hair. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The exploding bubbles are torn into thin glassy threads of lava, so-called Pele's Hair. (Photo: Tom ... [info]
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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... [info]
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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) [info]
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A violently boiling "fissure" of lava fountains has reached the shore of the lake, forming a ca. 20 m high wall around the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A violently boiling "fissure" of lava fountains has reached the shore of the lake, forming a ca. 20 ... [info]
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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) [info]
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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) [info]
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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) [info]
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A boiling row of fountains traverses half of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A boiling row of fountains traverses half of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The fountains are degassing the lava lake. Bringing fresh heat into the system from deep below, they keep it alive. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The fountains are degassing the lava lake. Bringing fresh heat into the system from deep below, they... [info]
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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) [info]
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Lava fountains at the shore of the lake. Clots of lava are sometimes thrown onto the lower terrace, about 20 m above the lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountains at the shore of the lake. Clots of lava are sometimes thrown onto the lower terrace, ... [info]
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Clusters of fountains producing a plume of white steam and volcanic gas to rise. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Clusters of fountains producing a plume of white steam and volcanic gas to rise. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffe... [info]
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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 visibl... [info]
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