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Storm in the Lava Lake
In July 2006 a big fountain was permanently active on the lake's northern shore generating waves up to 10 meters high. All photos below were taken with a 500mm telephoto mirror lens and digital camera (equivalent focal length of 750mm on 24x36mm film). The vertical scale of theses images is about 25 m.
23 July 2006. A fountain lifts and drags a slab of dark crust, which is folded like a piece of fabric.
Zoom showing thin crust left behind when a thicker piece is dragged away.
23 July 2006. Bubbles rise on the lake's North shore and explode blue gas.
Magnified section from the left image showing incandescent Pele's hair.
23 July 2006. A fountain shatters the dark crust and opens cracks from which blue gas puffs are ejected.
23 July 2006. Bubbles on the northern lake shore: Note the big spherical one on the right.
Each time a fountain rises from the lake, a 10 m tall wave splashes on to the shore at left.
Another chimney-like fountain agitates the lake surface and generates waves on the shore at left.
22 July 2006 from the S rim. A bubble seen exactly at the moment when its top explodes.
22 July 2006, night-time view. At this moment, this bubble is formed by filaments of yellow lava.
22 July. A network of darker lava connects the surface of an exploding lava bubble.
22 July. Lava clots a bit less hot appear dark against hotter material in the background.