Photo credit: Olivier Grunewald Photography
No, this isn’t a computer-generated image, but rather real blue lava. That’s right, photographer Olivier Grunewald took this picture of an Indonesian volcano and sulfur mine that erupted with a spectacular display of brilliant blue lava, with his friend Regis Etienne. The duo have been photographing and filming this phenomenon since they first heard about it in 2008. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
According to Inhabitat: “For decades, the crater of Kawah Ijen in Indonesia has been used as a sulfur mine. The volcano is located at the edge of the world’s largest hydrochloric acid lake. At night, the liquid sulfur rises and flows through an active vent and creates an otherworldly sight dominated by electric blue lights of the burning chemical. Sulfur combusts on contact with air, liquefies and run in impressive rivers of blue flames, with flares reaching up to 5 meters.”