Erta Ale

The lava lake

The lava lake
Overview of pit and lava laketaken from the highest point on the east rim.
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Fisheye view of pit and lake at the end of dusk.
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Lava lake with convection currents and one lava fountain.
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Above (fltr): Stars of Canis major, Orion and Taurus (with Saturn); Jupiter on top; moon lower right.
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Lava fountain by tele photo lens: horizontal image diameter about 10 meters.
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Rifting patterns on lava lake surface and lava fountain.
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Lava fountain erupting right on the edge of the shadow of the pit's wall.
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Lava fountain (left) migrating towrads an active zone on the lake's edge (upper right).
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Lava fountain in the lake's center; view corresponds to standard (50mm) photo lens.
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Active fountaining on the lake's edge, note lava columns above.
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Fountaining on the edge; note lake surface being drawn towards fountain.
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Fountaining in the middle; note lake surface being drawn towards fountain.
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Note this fountain casting a shadow on the lake surface (right).
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The moon is setting nearly vertically (due to low geographical latitude) behind the pit.
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Particularly powerful fountain migrating rapidly towards the upper right.
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An unusual event: two fountains migrating side by side accross the lava lake.