QTVR Panorama Page 7 August 2003
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We stand ontop of Lengai volcano between active North crater (center) and inactive South crater (not visible in this panorama). Our view is dominated by the whole Rift Valley with its many volcanoes. From left to right: Kerimasi stratovolcano towards the South, then Embakai and Olmoti calderas in the distance (hiding the famous Ngorongoro caldera), Serengeti Plains on the horizon just above the steep west scarp of the Rift Valley, Lake Natron in the haze just above the Lengai's white North Crater, and finally the majestic shield volcanoes Gelai and Kitumbeine.
Now we descend from the summit to the active North Crater, following Stephane (apparently just below the Gelai's summit at center) along the path on the crest of the saddle between North and South craters. Soon the spectacular west scarp of the Rift Valley disappears from our view while the inactive Lengai's South crater appears below Kitumbeine shield volcano and Kerimasi stratovolcano (right). Yellow flowers in the foreground adorn the South Crater's floor, lending our camp a pleasant and idyllic atmosphere.
The path descending from the summit offers spectacular views over the Lengai's active North Crater. We here stop to admire the panorama at the junction between the paths coming from the summit and from our camp in the South Crater, barely visible at left, just right of the Kitumbeine volcano rising above the haze. The path here follows the east crest of Lengai's crater rim, offering us a perfect view of Rift Valley's east scarp just below Gelai shield volcano on the right.
We reach Stephane ontop of hornito T57B to admire the spectacular steaming hornito T56B: As a result of the air's humidity the fresh black ash gradually changes to white. This leads to the elegant radial striae on the perfectly conical flanks. On its left, the deeply black hornito T58B has just ended a paroxysmal eruption. The whole Lengai North Crater is visible in this panorama. From left to right: East rim overflow just below Kitumbeine volcano on the horizon; pyramidal hornitos T45, T37B and T37 and sharp hornito T47 just below Lengai's summit; hornito T40 partially hidden by Stephane; crater C on the north crater rim just between Stephane and Gelai volcano on the horizon.