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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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While flying above the volcanic desert in the center of the Icelandic highlands in a Cessna plane, Edmaier and his team came across this fluorescent green spot. The bright color comes from green moss that has taken over a hill in the center of the desert, and the red spots are land rich in iron oxide. This desert is located in the north of Mydralsjokull, the fourth largest of Iceland’s 13 major glaciers.

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