Nyiragongo volcano (DRCongo), Jan 2011: observing the lava lake

View of the caldera of Nyiragongo with its concentric terraces and the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the caldera of Nyiragongo with its concentric terraces and the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiff... [info]
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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) [info]
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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) [info]
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Silhouettes of two lava watchers. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Silhouettes of two lava watchers. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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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) [info]
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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 ... [info]
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Even photographer Frank enjoys the view without taking any pictures. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Even photographer Frank enjoys the view without taking any pictures. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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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) [info]
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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 dow... [info]
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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: T... [info]
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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 aw... [info]
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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 b... [info]
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Gilles in position to watch the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Gilles in position to watch the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Photographer Franz studies the light of the lava lake.  (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Photographer Franz studies the light of the lava lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Morning comes fast! A last photo of the lava lake in its giant crater, before fumes become too dense. Jean Michel, at the lower right, merges with the ground. Mikeno and Karisimbi in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Morning comes fast! A last photo of the lava lake in its giant crater, before fumes become too dense... [info]
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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) [info]
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