Indonesian Volcano Emits Electric Blue Glowing Liquid

It was a long since I have written something about nature. For this reason, today I have something completely unique and indescribable that is, without any doubts, worth the time you have been waiting. I can’t wait to present you a photojournalist Olivier Grunewald and his photo series portraying one of the most amazing natural phenomenon – an electric blue lava emitting from volcano.

Would look like an ordinary mountain in the day, however during the night Indonesia-located Kawah Ljen volcano become an extremely surreal place where mountain’s surface is covered with ethereal neon blue lava. Olivier and his friend spent 30 nights in very dangerous conditions documenting this amazing phenomenon. During that time they’ve captured a collection of unbelievable photos and founded a lot of exciting experiences, which they are proud to share with us:

“For over 40 years, miners have been extracting sulphur from the crater of Kawah Ijen in Indonesia. To double their meagre income, the hardiest of these men work nights, by the electric blue light of the sulphuric acid exhaled by the volcano. As the light of day recedes, an eerie incandescence appears to rise from the depths of the Kawah Ijen crater. The high-temperature liquid sulphur that flows from an active vent at the edge of the world’s largest hydrochloric acid lake flares in blue flames that can reach up to 5 metres.

At the foot of the glow, miners bustle amidst the toxic fumes. They are monitoring the flow of molten sulphur as it pours out of pipes at 115 °C, and its subsequent crystallisation. Breaking up, gathering up, loading up and transporting the coagulated blood of the earth earns them a living. By the blue light of the flare, they extract hunks of sulphur, then carry them up the flank of the crater to sell for 680 roupees per kilo (about €0.04). But the loads they carry, weighing between 80 and 100 kilos, cost them their health—and sometimes their life. By working nights, they manage to haul out two loads every 24 hours, doubling their salary, avoiding the daytime heat of the Kawah Ijen cauldron, and despite the condition remaining independant

The sulphur, among the purest in Indonesia, is destined for the food and chemical industry. Whitening sugar, at the price of their health and youth, such is the destiny of these serfs to sulphur.”

Pretty amazing heh?

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Via: sploid, photo credits: Olivier Grunewald