This photo shows a rare symmetrical 65-foot tall dome of lava

Apr 6, 2018

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This photo shows a rare symmetrical 65-foot tall dome of lava

Apr 6, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Volcano eruptions are impressive and photogenic, as we’ve seen many times before. But a very unusual and spectacular photo was recently shared on United States Geological Survey’s Twitter page. It shows a lava dome rising up to 65 feet (20m), and it looks like a scene from a sci-fi movie.

As USGS writes, this photo shows an eruption of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii and it was captured between 10 and 13 October 1969. The amazing “fireball” we see is a formation called “dome fountain.” According to USGS, symmetrical dome fountains like this are rare. This particular one is 65 feet (20m) high, but according to another photo on USGS’s website, it’s possible that it reached as much as 245 feet (75m). To compare, it’s approximately like a 22-story building.

Credits: U.S. Geological Survey / J. B. Judd

Many people (including myself) were wondering why there is no steam in the photo because it looks like the volcano is surrounded by water. However, the foreground isn’t water, but cooled lava.

[via PetaPixel, image credits: U.S. Geological Survey]

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3 responses to “This photo shows a rare symmetrical 65-foot tall dome of lava”

  1. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    At first glance, it looks like a scene from an Japanese monster movie.

  2. Dana Avatar
    Dana

    Looks like a shot from one of the 1970s Godzilla movies.

  3. Steve Cottrill Avatar
    Steve Cottrill

    Both are the same photo, one is reverse of the other.