A photographic glimpse of Nyiragongo Crater trip

A team of scientists with very brave explorers went to experience the boiling lake of lava in the depths of Nyiragongo Crater, in the heart of the Great Lakes region of Africa.

They stepped onto the shore of the lava lake boiling in the depths of Nyiragongo Crater, in the heart of the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Photographer Olivier Grunewald also got a chance to step into the lake of fire to give us a glimpse of the biggest lava lake on the face of earth.

A photographic glimpse of Nyiragongo Crater trip

The view from the volcano’s rim, 11,380 feet above the ground. At 1,300 feet deep, the lava lake has created one of the wonders of the African continent.

A photographic glimpse of Nyiragongo Crater trip

The permanent lava lake of the Nyiragongo is the biggest in the world, an estimated 282 million cubic feet of lava. In 1977 and 2002, the lava lake breached the crater, destroying a large part of the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A photographic glimpse of Nyiragongo Crater trip

At the surface of the lake, bubbles of gas explode. The surface is permanently churned by fury from the earth's crust.

A photographic glimpse of Nyiragongo Crater trip

Even though the lava lake often overflows, the seven members of the expedition yearn to walk its shores.

A photographic glimpse of Nyiragongo Crater trip

Mount Nyiragongo is the most active of the eight volcanoes forming the Virunga range.

A photographic glimpse of Nyiragongo Crater trip

At the beginning of the descent to the second terrace, falling rocks are a major risk. The gas often blinds the climbers.

A photographic glimpse of Nyiragongo Crater trip

The expedition members need to tote a total of 1,300 pounds of equipment, food, and water -- enough for two days. The base camp is set up about 400 feet above the lava lake.

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