Photos Capture Smouldering Lakes Of Lava And Shifting Crust INSIDE The Crater Of Active Volcano Mount Nyiragongo


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Most of us wouldn’t dream of getting too close to an active volcano, but one expert has abseiled into one – all in the name of science.

Italian geologist Francesco Pandolfo travelled to Africa to study the volcanic activity on Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo…

Most of us wouldn’t dream of getting too close to an active volcano, but one expert has abseiled into one – all in the name of science.

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Italian geologist Francesco Pandolfo travelled to Africa to study the volcanic activity on Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo when he decided to peer over the edge to get a closer look.

He reportedly abseiled into the volcano’s crater to capture these stunning images of what a raging volcano and lava lake looks like.

Mr Pandolfo said his love for the mountains made the decision to take a closer look at the volcano an easy one.

‘For me it was an absolutely amazing experience and it wasn’t as hot as you might think. Believe it or not, the original sensation was that it was quite cold but it soon got a lot hotter!

‘When I was on the rope heading down into the crater the feeling was very strange but at the same time it was absolutely incredible.’

Mr Pandolfo had been in Africa conducting research in order to better understand the volcano, which last erupted in 2002.

He said: ‘It really was one of the best things you can see, a volcano in full flow. I have always been in love with the mountains so I think this is my true calling.’

Lava lakes are huge volumes of molten lava which form in the vents or craters of volcanoes.

Lava partially fills the crater or vent following an eruption, or when a new vent erupts for a period of weeks, leaving a crater that then fills with lava.

They usually have a grey crust that forms over the top as the molten rock partly solidifies in the cooler air.

This crust measures between two inches (5cm) and 11.8 inches (30cm) and after it forms it gradually shifts and moves into the molten lava below and is replaced by another crust.

This process can take a few minutes, or a few hours depending on the size of the lake.

This movement is often referred to as ‘tectonic’ activity because it resembles the way in which the Earth’s plates move, spread and slip.

Mount Nyiragongo is part of the Virunga volcanic chain that straddles the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

It is one five major lava lakes that have formed since the 1980s and has remained in existence for decades.

Others are found at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, Mount Erebus in Antarctica, Ambrym, Vanuatu and Erta’ Ale in Ethiopia.

In 2002, an eruption by Nyiragongo destroyed much of the nearby town of Goma, leaving 200,000 people homeless. The eruption spread lava as far as the northern end of the runway at Goma International Airport – around 12 miles (20km) away.

Reports suggest around 147 people died from asphyxiation by carbon dioxide and buildings collapsing due to the lava and earthquakes, with around 4,500 buildings being destroyed. It erupted again six months later.

Nyiragongo is what’s known as an active stratovolcano. It measures 11,382ft (3,470 metres) and is found inside Virunga National Park.

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