This Lake Is Made of Lava

Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We’ve previously posted photos of this amazingly beautiful but dangerous place. This one was snapped by Cai Tjeenk Willink, an executive in the Africa Conservation Fund.

Nyiragongo, which has been continuously active since 2002, rises 11,385 feet high and has a crater 1.3 miles across. It is a stratovolcano, which Elsevier’s Dictionary of Geography defines as “a volcanic core of bedded structure consisting of alternating solidified lava and accumulations of loose material.” There’s a permanent lake of lava inside the crater. It’d be the perfect place to shoot an action movie, provided that the actors and film crew are sufficiently daring.

-Twisted Sifter

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