Guest Videos: Lava in Motion

Got marshmallows?

It’s time to warm up after all these snowy posts!

But in a good way.

When seen far from human property — as in these videos — lava, cooking along at 2,000° F or so, is an incandescent wonder.

For example, here are the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea’s lava flows and lake in 2015, three years before the big 2018 eruption.

Another National Geographic Short Film Showcase selection, like yesterday’s visit to the Arctic.

The Fagradalsfjall eruption in Iceland about a year and a half ago was spectacular — and it also occurred out in the boonies.

Here, a lava-filled crater collapses, harming no one.

Need a little snow to cool down after that?

Kamchatka’s Plosky Tolbachik has you covered. This is from 2012:

Finally, Etna in eastern Sicily.

Eruptions on its lower flanks are very destructive, but it also erupts at the summit, two miles above sea level.

No one lives up there, though the summit tourist facilities regularly get damaged.

But everyone watches when this volcanic drama queen puts on a show, for example:

In 1999-2000:

In 2013:

And in 2021:


Meanwhile, in the kitchen…

This was at Guatemala’s Pacaya in 2021.

Featured image: Bdsklo via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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