QTVR Panorama Page 26. - 28. July 2001
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This panorama was taken from the top of a small hornito among the main four hornitos of the set T49 on 26. July 2001, before the onset of the paroxysm. From left to right, yellow (older and then covered of natrocarbonatitic yellow dust) hornito T37, the white hornito T49B with Andrew reading on its yellow (older) left side, the yellow hornito T46, the highest point of Lengai southern crater rim, the white hornito T49D, our tents below the white cloud, hornito T49C against the sunlight, the lava flows from the lava lake T49E towards the NW crater rim, Hothman and ubiquitous Andrew (power of QTVR virtual reality!) standing on the rim of the lava lake T49E with hornito T40 behind them.
This panorama was taken from exactly the same point and at exactly the same hour of the day as the previous one, but on 28. July 2001, during the paroxysm. Hornitos T49B, T49D and T49C have already been covered by a thick layer of fresh black lava, and have grown a lot around their eruptive vent. This vent is still ejecting a flow of molten black lava from at the base of T49D. A dark lava flow reaches the left side of our campsite. The lava lake T49E is surrounded by the fresh black flows ejected towards the NW crater rim; on its right, the active dark lava river coming from T49D is reaching the E crater rim. The comparison image shows that the perspective changes between the panoramas are due only to the height increase of the hornito's top (due to the lava from the T49D fountains) from where both panoramas were taken.
On 26. July we also took this panorama from the W side of the T49 hornito cluster. Notethe complex patterns of old lava flows in the foreground: the fronts, which are most exposed to the air humidity, have already become white due to hydratation. From left to right, our campsite, hornito T51, our kitchen tent below the cloud, the NW crater rim, white hornitos T49C and T49D, yellow (older) hornitos T44, T46 and sharp T47, and the highest point of Lengai's southern crater rim.