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The Lava Lake seen from Belvedere
The best point on Nyiragongo's crater rim to observe the whole lava lake is the so-called Belvedere (or Bastion), exactly on the W rim and above the lake, seen at an angle of only 30 deg from vertical: a real aerial view! All photos were taken by digital camera, so that the lens focal lengths should be multiplied by a factor 1.5 to be compared to usual 24x36mm format.
27 Jan 2006, f=16mm (fish-eye lens). View of the whole crater with the two terraces, levels of the 1977 (upper) and 2002 (lower) lakes.
27 Jan, f=50mm. Complete view of the lake about 300 m wide (585 m below the rim). The second terrace (2002 lake) at bottom foreground.
27 Jan, f=135mm. The E end of the lake, with fountains bubbling on the shoreline. Note the black folds on the dark lava skin.
Aerial view of the W end of the lake at the same focal length. A fountain is bubbling in the lake's center and another on the shore.
27 Jan, f=50mm. Night view, with thick steam coming from fountains on the W rim masking most of the lake.
27 Jan, f=16mm (fish-eye lens). This wide-angle view gives an impression of the steep perspective.
27 Jan, f=16mm (fish-eye lens). Stefan taking photos from Belvedere of the bubbling lake at bottom-left.
Goma lights and Lake Kivu. In the sky Argo (left), Large Magellan Cloud (center) and Achernar (right). Brightest star: Canopus (top).
27 Jan 2006, f=135mm. The SW lake shoreline. Note white sulfur deposits and fumaroles left of the shoreline.
Fountains on the North shoreline become stronger and stronger.
Lava splashes on the lake shore from the fountains at the E lake end.
As activity continues, the steam from the fountains becomes thicker and thicker.