Lava lake, Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia

Lava lake, Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia

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Caption: Erta Ale volcano in the Danakil desert, Ethiopia, is one of the very few volcanoes worldwide with a lava lake in its crater. The molten mass, constantly seething and circulating within the crater, continuously forms cracks in the dark cooled skin that covers the glowing lava.

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Keywords: active volcano, afar depression, crater, crust, danakil depression, danakil desert, earth, earth on fire, earth science, east african rift, environment, erta ale, ethiopia, fractures, geography, geology, glowing lava, great rift valley, lava lake, magma, plate tectonics, tectonics, volcanism, wrinkles

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