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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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Lava Fountains Erta Ale
(Maura McCarthy)

Erta Ale is one of the few volcanoes to have a continuous supply of lava in its crater. Lava lakes provide a glimpse into what the Earth’s surface might have looked like 4.5 billion years ago when the new planet was covered with magma. When photographing something so dynamic, Edmaier is more nervous about missing the perfect shot than about the power of the lake.

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