Explosion in the lava lake - Nyiragongo
Picture of the lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo (3470m) in June 2010. Picture taken from the crater summit. I did use an old 500 mm f8 (1 kg) as it was not feasible to bring an heavy lens to the summit.
The Nyiragongo is a stratovolcano belonging to the Virunga volcanic region located just at the northern end of lake Kivu.
One of Africa's most notable volcanoes, Nyiragongo contained a lava lake in its deep summit crater that was active for half a century before draining catastrophically through its outer flanks in 1977. In contrast to the low profile of its neighboring shield volcano, Nyamuragira, 3470-m-high Nyiragongo displays the steep slopes of a stratovolcano. Benches in the steep-walled, 1.2-km-wide summit crater mark levels of former lava lakes, which have been observed since the late-19th century. Two older stratovolcanoes, Baruta and Shaheru, are partially overlapped by Nyiragongo on the north and south. About 100 parasitic cones are located primarily along radial fissures south of Shaheru, east of the summit, and along a NE-SW zone extending as far as Lake Kivu. Many cones are buried by voluminous lava flows that extend long distances down the flanks of the volcano, which is characterized by the eruption of foiditic rocks. The extremely fluid 1977 lava flows caused many fatalities, as did lava flows that inundated portions of the major city of Goma in January 2002.
This picture has been published in: Detay M. — Le Nyiragongo : volcan de tous les dangers et maîtrise des risques, in LAVE, revue de l’association de volcanologie européenne, 153, 16-29 (2011).
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Bournazel (0) 2011-09-21 7:55
belle photo au télé qui donne l'impressoion d'un mini volcan en pleine explosion. Manque plus que le bruit !
serp2000 (42082) 2011-09-21 9:58
Superb shot! I have never seen this process.
Outstanding presentation of volcano.
fritzi007 (8695) 2011-09-21 12:32
did you shoot really luck, congratulations!
frunchy (1517) 2011-09-22 5:54
a rare and spectacular photo and a very interesting note. There must be a tremendous force behind this lava lake.
TFS, best regards, F.
Waylim (25368) 2012-04-26 23:03
You have always bring some of the most amazing image of the volcano in eruption to us. this is yet another really fantatic shot of our earth forming itself like the beginning of time.
Excellent quality as always. Thanks. this deseved so much more attention. My complements.
- Copyright: Michel Detay (mdetay) (4865)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 500mm AF-S VR F/4 IF ED
- Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-21 7:30