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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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Erta Ale
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Because of Edmaier’s interest in the Earth’s crust, it was inevitable that he would get interested in volcanoes, “the most fascinating natural power,” he says via e-mail. He chose this image of the Erta Ale lava lake for the cover of his book. The red lines are cracks in the surface of the hardened skin that covers the molten lava of the lake. Although the skin is slightly cooler than the lava below it, its temperature is still hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit.

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