Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Arenal volcano crater in the clouds

Here is a view of Arenal volcano with a few clouds. The weather and cloud cover can change frequently, from cloudy to clear and vice versa. You can see that the summit is above some of the clouds. Some of the clouds appear to be the vapor from the volcanic eruptions.

The volcanic activity occurs at several different places in the volcano, not merely at the top. There are several craters, and there are fumaroles that release volcanic activity about two-thirds of the way up the volcanic mountain.

The volcano is active most of the time, and at times the eruptions are especially intense. In 1993 one wall of the crater collapsed and there were four fiery avalanches of molten lava. In 1998 there were 23 rivers of lava flowing from one of the 5 main craters.

8 comments:

Martin In Bulgaria said...

You haven't disappointed here after the high expectation. An exciting photograph which bring nervousness looking at it. Good commmentary alongside.

brattcat said...

I highly recommend clicking on and enlarging this photo. It's awe-inspiring.

Sharon said...

This is another post card quality photo. Such a fierce force of nature yet beautiful too.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

Great capture. I want to see the lava and red fire though

Nancy said...

Hi,

Thanks for visiting my blog. My neighbor is a bird photographer and visits Costa Rica every year, travelling into the depths of the forest. Beautiful country - can't blame you for moving there.

Best,
Nancy

m_m said...

Great photos of the volcano. Beautiful nature and intersting story as well.

glenda said...

I'm learning lots of information about volcanos. Looking forward to future posts.

Hilda said...

You caught it beautifully!

Active volcanoes are so scary, because sometimes the best scientists can't accurately predict their activity or intensity.

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