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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


Bledug Kuwu Mud Geyser
(Maura McCarthy)

Edmaier and his crew spent an entire day in the area surrounding this mud geyser in Indonesia. Standing 50 feet away, so as to not sink into the gray mud, he was able to capture only a few shots of this massive bubble exploding. Bubbles can be as much as 30 feet wide, and release a cloud of carbon dioxide and mineral water when they explode. Locals collect this water, boil it down into a sweet salt and sell it.

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