Lava Fields From Above

Stripes of orange lava against the black of cooling rock.

Lava flows are endlessly fascinating to watch. They’re a destructive act of creation that seems in many ways familiar; after all, lava moves the same way we see other viscous fluids move. But it’s so much more extreme in its temperature, viscosity, and destructive potential. These beautiful aerial photos by photographer Thrainn Kolbeinsson show the recent eruption at Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano. I love the vivid texture of the lava in these shots and the sharp contrast between the hot and cooling flows. You can see the pahoehoe forming before your very eyes! (Image credit: T. Kolbeinsson; via Colossal)

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