Jun 4, 2012

23 Jaw-Dropping Photos of Lava


Lava refers both to molten rock expelled by a volcano during an eruption and the resulting rock after solidification and cooling. When first erupted from a volcanic vent, lava is a liquid at temperatures from 700 to 1,200 °C (1,292 to 2,192 °F). Up to 100,000 times as viscous as water, lava can flow great distances before cooling and solidifying.

A lava flow is a moving outpouring of lava, which is created during a non-explosive effusive eruption. When it has stopped moving, lava solidifies to form igneous rock. The term lava flow is commonly shortened to lava. In general, the composition of a lava determines its behavior more than the temperature of its eruption.

To learn more about lava, head over to Wikipedia for a review of different types of compositions, behaviours and landforms.

Below you will find a remarkable gallery of lava from a group of amazing photographers that braved the heat for these incredible shots. Many of the images are from lava hotspots such as Iceland, Italy (Mount Etna) and of course, Hawaii. Enjoy!


1. Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano


Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano Photography



2. Iceland


Lava flow



3. Lava Lake, Mount Nyiragongo, DR Congo


An Oval of Lava



4. Moa Heiau, Hawaii


Bread Dough



5. Hawaii


The Earth Is Alive



6. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy


Back to the golden river of lava



7. Iceland


Red hot lava



8. Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala



Photograph by rackyross on Flickr



9. Kiluea Volcano, Hawaii


Day 3 Lava 416

Photograph by Cathy Scola on Flickr



10. Inside a lava cave, Hawaii


Inside a lava cave



11. Hawaii


Glassy ropes



12. Lava Lake at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii


Lava lake inside Kilauea volcano, Hawaii



13. Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland



Photograph by Marc Szeglat



14. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy


Lava Front



15. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy


Lava tie - Eruzione del 2004 presso Serra Giannicola



16. Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland


Eyjafjallajoekull Lava Falls



17. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy


Etna lava types



18. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy


Lava flow on Etna, 11 March 1999



19. Hawaii


Thy lava



20. Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland


Eyjafjallajoekull Lava Falls



21. Pu’u Kahaualea, Hawaii


Photograph by J.D. Griggs



22. Big Island of Hawaii





23. Kiluea Volcano, Hawaii


Day 3 Lava 327

Photograph by Cathy Scola on Flickr





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