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Bacteria produces the vivid colors in the Gran Prismatic Spring. (Bernhard Edmaier)

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

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Kilauea
(Maura McCarthy)

Most of Edmaier’s photographs in Earth on Fire are aerial, but this image was taken from the ground. At dusk on a cloudy day, Edmaier captured the continuously flowing lava from the Puu Oo flue on the side of the Kilauea volcano. The lava started flowing in 1983 and reached the Pacific coast in 1987, where it has extended the coastline by almost a square mile.

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