30+ Jaw-Dropping & Mind Blowing Photographs of Lava

Lava refers both to molten rock expelled by a volcano during an eruption and the resulting rock after solidification and cooling. When first erupted from a volcanic vent, lava is a liquid at temperatures from 700 to 1,200 °C (1,292 to 2,192 °F). Up to 100,000 times as viscous as water, lava can flow great distances before cooling and solidifying.

A lava flow is a moving outpouring of lava, which is created during a non-explosive effusive eruption. When it has stopped moving, lava solidifies to form igneous rock. The term lava flow is commonly shortened to lava. In general, the composition of a lava determines its behavior more than the temperature of its eruption.
To learn more about lava, head over to Wikipedia for a review of different types of compositions, behaviours and landforms.

Below you will find a remarkable gallery of lava from a group of amazing photographers that braved the heat for these incredible shots. Many of the images are from lava hotspots such as Iceland, Italy (Mount Etna) and of course, Hawaii. Enjoy!

 

Hawaii

Photograph by Miles Morgan

Photograph by Miles Morgan

Iceland

Photograph by Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson

Photograph by Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson

Hawaii

Photography by Bruce Omori

Photography by Bruce Omori

Hawaii

Photography by Bruce Omori

Photography by Bruce Omori

Hawaii

Photography by Bruce Omori

Photography by Bruce Omori

Hawaii

Photography by Bruce Omori

Photography by Bruce Omori

Hawaii

Photography by Cj Kale

Photography by Cj Kale

Waikupunaha

Photography by Tom Kualii

Photography by Tom Kualii

Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano

Photograph by Uri Golman (Gitzo S.A. on Flickr)

Photograph by Uri Golman (Gitzo S.A. on Flickr)

Iceland

Photograph by Geir Sigurosson (Met Office on Flickr)

Photograph by Geir Sigurosson (Met Office on Flickr)

Lava Lake, Mount Nyiragongo, DR Congo

Photograph by Nick Leonard (Jungle_Boy on Flickr)

Photograph by Nick Leonard (Jungle_Boy on Flickr)

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Photograph by Salvatore Allegra (Vulcanian on Flickr)

Photograph by Salvatore Allegra (Vulcanian on Flickr)

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Photograph by Salvatore Allegra (Vulcanian on Flickr)

Photograph by Salvatore Allegra (Vulcanian on Flickr)

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Photograph by Uri Golman (Gitzo S.A. on Flickr)

Photograph by Uri Golman (Gitzo S.A. on Flickr)

Moa Heiau, Hawaii

Photograph by someotherbob on Flickr

Photograph by someotherbob on Flickr

Hawaii

Photograph by Leigh Hilbert Photography (SparkyLeigh on Flickr)

Photograph by Leigh Hilbert Photography (SparkyLeigh on Flickr)

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Photograph by Boris Behncke (etnaboris on Flickr)

Photograph by Boris Behncke (etnaboris on Flickr)

Iceland

Photograph by Geir Sigurosson (Met Office on Flickr)

Photograph by Geir Sigurosson (Met Office on Flickr)

Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Photograph by rackyross on Flickr

Photograph by rackyross on Flickr

Kiluea Volcano, Hawaii

Photograph by Cathy Scola on Flickr

Photograph by Cathy Scola on Flickr

Inside a lava cave, Hawaii

Photograph by Leigh Hilbert Photography (SparkyLeigh on Flickr)

Photograph by Leigh Hilbert Photography (SparkyLeigh on Flickr)

Hawaii

Photograph by Philip Ong (VolcanoDiscovery Hawai’i on Flickr)

Photograph by Philip Ong (VolcanoDiscovery Hawai’i on Flickr)

Lava Lake at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Photograph by Tom Pfeiffer (volcanodiscovery on Flickr)

Photograph by Tom Pfeiffer (volcanodiscovery on Flickr)

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Photograph by Marc Szeglat

Photograph by Marc Szeglat

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Photograph by Thomas Recihart on Flickr

Photograph by Thomas Recihart on Flickr

Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Photograph by Boris Behncke (etnaboris on Flickr)

Photograph by Boris Behncke (etnaboris on Flickr)

Hawaii

Photograph by Josh Schwartzman on Flickr

Photograph by Josh Schwartzman on Flickr

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Photograph by Uri Golman (Gitzo S.A. on Flickr)

Photograph by Uri Golman (Gitzo S.A. on Flickr)

Pu’u Kahaualea, Hawaii

Photograph by J.D. Griggs

Photograph by J.D. Griggs

Big Island of Hawaii

Photograph by Leigh Hilbert (SparkyLeigh on Flickr)

Photograph by Leigh Hilbert (SparkyLeigh on Flickr)

Kiluea Volcano, Hawaii

Photograph by Cathy Scola on Flickr

Photograph by Cathy Scola on Flickr

 

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