Posts tagged volcano.
The Atlantic has a stunning gallery of the year 2012 in volcanic activity that you really want to check out.
Ever since our planet formed from a cloud of condensed stellar dust, the dense heat of our interior has created a molten core surrounded by a thin candy shell of solid rock. That shell continues to evolve, leaking magma via cracks in its moving surface, via events both quiet and violent.
Such is the continual evolution of our planet. It’s a beautiful process, assuming you’re looking at it in a photograph, rather than while running in fear from the bottom of the mountain where it’s occurring.
Satellite captures Russian lava eruption from space
NBC News: Infrared images from NASA’s Earth Observing 1 satellite have captured dramatic scenes of lava spewing from a volcano in Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula.
Photo: This view of Tolbachik Volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula was captured in infrared and visible light on Dec. 1. (NASA / EO-1 / USGS)
In April 2010, the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull spewed great ash clouds into the sky and caused enormous disruptions to air travel in Europe. The eruptions are best remembered for this inconvenience, but photographer James Appleton managed to capture the event in a different way. In the weeks before the disturbances, a vulcanologist friend of his alerted him to the unfolding volcanic drama, and Appleton travelled straight to the Icelandic mountain before it was closed off. Risking his life to battle extreme cold, high winds, and seismic activity, Appleton captured a rare but gorgeous scene: the glowing lava from an Eyjafjallajökull fissure with the Northern Lights—Aurora Borealis—overhead. These are two very different light sources, so “the photograph needed parts of the scene selectively blocked for sections of the exposure to balance the contrast,” Appleton recalls. “A Mars bar wrapper came in handy for this!”
These Pacific parakeets nest in holes inside the crater of Volcán Nindiri in Nicaragua. A human could barely tolerate such toxic conditions, but somehow the birds manage to survive there. (Untamed Americas - NGC)
it’s not somehow, it’s fucking science, man
Aerial Photographs of Volcanic Iceland by Andre Ermolaev
Grimsvotn Volcano erupts, South-east of Iceland | Photo by Egill Adalsteinsson