Erta Ale

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During our 6 day stay on Erta Ale we conducted seismic and thermal infrared measurements of the activity. While the seimologists were busy looking after their instrumentation, Marco, Jürg and others spent counless hours observing, taking photos and video footage.

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Roby and Josh have finally found a suitable location for one of their portable seimic stations.
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The seismometer pointing, as it should be, exactly to the north.
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Roby taking some of the first seismic recordings ever on Erta Ale.The event is suitably recorded on film by Marco.
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Josh and Roby contemplate the first output of one of the stations, showing the seismic activity induced by the lava lake.
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Another seismic station was set up outside the caldera's Southeastern rim.
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Roby interviewing the lava lake ;-) Seriously: He is pointing a radiometer at it.
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A radiometer which clearly wants to be left in peace.
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Josh downloading data. Note that the radiometer, not Josh, is roped up.
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Like in a dream: Marco recording on film the unforgettable nightly spectacle of the churing lava lake.
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Marco getting very close up to the lava fountains using his 500mm tele photo lens.
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Jürg dressed in red fitting the scene below. All the worries of the first days are forgotten...
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Like in a dream: Jürg recording on videotape the action on the churning lava lake.
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Two views of the pit's wall. In each of them Jürg is posing on the rim to a human scale to things.
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Marco takes a moment away from the camera, no longer working - just looking. Important moments!
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Marco has discovered that Pelee is blonde: Her heir is fair, not black (as in Hawaii), on Erta Ale!
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Scenes we all shall never forget: People looking, enjoying, hardly believing what they see...