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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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Ship Rock
(Maura McCarthy)

Because he had already photographed Ship Rock from the ground, Edmaier decided to take a shot from above and capture the long shadow from the nearly 1800-foot-tall rock. Twenty-seven million years ago, Ship Rock was a volcano, and when it became inactive, magma cooled and solidified inside the volcano's cone. After the rest of the volcano eroded away, the harder magma remained and is what constitutes Ship Rock.

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