30+ Jaw-Dropping Photographs of Lava

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Lava refers both to molten rock expelled by a volcano during an eruption and the resulting rock after solidification and cooling. When first erupted from a volcanic vent, lava is a liquid at temperatures from 700 to 1,200 °C (1,292 to 2,192 °F). Up to 100,000 times as viscous as water, lava can flow great distances before cooling and solidifying.

A lava flow is a moving outpouring of lava, which is created during a non-explosive effusive eruption. When it has stopped moving, lava solidifies to form igneous rock. The term lava flow is commonly shortened to lava. In general, the composition of a lava determines its behavior more than the temperature of its eruption.
To learn more about lava, head over to Wikipedia for a review of different types of compositions, behaviours and landforms.

Below you will find a remarkable gallery of lava from a group of amazing photographers that braved the heat for these incredible shots. Many of the images are from lava hotspots such as Iceland, Italy (Mount Etna) and of course, Hawaii. Enjoy!

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Hawaii

Iceland

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

Waikupunaha

Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano

Iceland

Lava Lake, Mount Nyiragongo, DR Congo

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Moa Heiau, Hawaii

Hawaii

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Iceland

Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Kiluea Volcano, Hawaii

Inside a lava cave, Hawaii

Hawaii

Lava Lake at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Hawaii

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Pu’u Kahaualea, Hawaii

Big Island of Hawaii

Kiluea Volcano, Hawaii


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