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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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Soufriere Hills Volcano
(Maura McCarthy)

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.

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