From Close Up or Far Away, Amazing Volcano Photos
Geologist Bernhard Edmaier has been photographing the majestic beauty of active and dormant volcanoes for over 15 years
- By Abby Callard
- Smithsonian.com, December 02, 2009
Montserrat, West Indies
Edmaier has spent more than 15 years photographing volcanoes and other landscapes that have been transformed by natural forces. This image shows a pyroclastic flow, in which hot gas and rock cascade down the side of a volcano. The rocks can reach speeds of almost 200 miles per hour. In 1997, a large pyroclastic flow on the Soufriere Hills Volcano killed 23 people.