22-25 January 2012: The landscape at the Kimanura Craters
This page shows photos of the landscape and camp life around Kimanura Craters. Many thanks for logistic support by Virunga National Park Service and VolcanoDiscovery.
In the village of Rugari we meet rangers of Virunga National Park. They will guide us to Kimanura.
Lunch at Kimanura camp with the volcano erupting in the background.
During the entire night the camp is illuminated by the incadescence of the lava lake.
The park rangers take a rest during the warm night at 1500m.a.s.l. on Nyamuragira's East flank.
After dinner we plan our activities for the following days at the volcano.
Crossing the ash plain towards Kimanura Craters. Nyamuragira Volcano in the left background.
Life always wins: the forest will recover soon, as is shown by the cinder cone in the background.
The rangers reach the peak of Kimanura West Crater; note fumaroles in foreground.
The ever-active Kimanura East Crater.
Near the fissures North of the main one are thick sulfur deposits.
View across the fissures disecting Kimanura West Crater towards Nyamuragira, 10km away.
The entire rim of Kimanura West Crater is covered by thick sulfur deposits.
Degassing vent on the north flank of Kimanura West Crater, with thick sulfur layers.
Impressive field of fissures just north of Kimanura West Crater. The fissures are probably due to uplifting before the eruption.
In the evening we return to the easthern rim in order to observe the volcanic activity.
Gilles takes photos of the huge lava field north of Kimanura.
...and the rangers...
...and again Tom...
...and Norbert taking photos and movies of Kimanura's activity.
|Copyright: M. Fulle.|