Saturday , December 15 2018

Capturing The Boiling Lava Lake

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I Spent The Night At The Top Of An Active Volcano In DR Congo, Capturing The Boiling Lava Lake

Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Africa’s most active volcano and home to the world’s largest permanent lava lake. At over 200 m across, the lava bubbles and boils at 2000 degrees C, with gas explosions and spurts of lava up to 10 metres high.

Intrepid travellers can cross the border from Rwanda into conflict-torn Congo, and then hike for 6 hours for the chance to spend a night at the top of this incredible mountain.

If you’re lucky, as I was, the clouds will clear and you’ll get to spend hours watching the molten rock frothing and churning like a bubbling cauldron.

It looks like a portal into the centre of the earth or a great fiery chasm. Little wonder that the name ‘Nyiragongo’ means ‘smoking mountain’, and the locals believe it’s the gateway to Hell.

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The huge lava lake of Nyiragongo is 200 m across

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Capturing The Boiling Lava Lake

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The molten rock is bubbling at 2000 degrees C

Capturing The Boiling Lava Lake

The name Nyiragongo means ‘smoking mountain’

Capturing The Boiling Lava Lake

The volcano looms over the nearby city of Goma

Capturing The Boiling Lava Lake

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Residents must be on their guard against eruptions

Capturing The Boiling Lava Lake

Conflict is still ongoing in DR Congo

Capturing The Boiling Lava Lake



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