Mount Etna lava flow

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    Mount Etna, Sicily

    Often lava doesn't flow on the surface like in the pictures before, but it flows in so called lava tubes. Lava on the surface of the flow cools down and builds a crust, while in the inner part, the lava stays hot and flows on quickly.

    Sometime the crust breaks though. This is what is called a skylight then. You can approach it and take a peek to see the stream of red-hot glowing lava rapidly flowing inside.

    A distance of about 2-3m (6-9 ft.) is how close you can go. And even then you can hardly stand watching longer than about 15 to 20 seconds, because your eyes and face will start to burn.
    The lava inside will be at a temperature of about 1200°C (2200°F)

    More photos of Etna here

    CY Winner

    Lupinanto, ~Dezz~, Davescunningplan, and 209 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. FloridaFliss 80 months ago | reply

      Great shot... I had the opportunity to go to Mt Etna but when we were there we couldn't go up because of fog... at least I was there... we had a nice BarBQue with my husband's Italian family on the mountain side... it was amazing...

    2. J316 79 months ago | reply

      phew...this is something.

    3. conci 3000 78 months ago | reply

      Semplicemente fantastica! Fuoco Vivo sotto la crosta rocciosa.

      Come hai fatto a resistere al calore?

    4. lollus 77 months ago | reply


    5. nobilis007 76 months ago | reply

      Oi! Sou administrador de um grupo chamado Património Geológico e Mineiro e nós adoraríamos ter isto adicionado ao grupo!

    6. Cretanseagull 74 months ago | reply

      Sono un moderatore del gruppo "Momenti di vita siciliana", ci farebbe piacere aggiungere questa tua bellissima foto nel gruppo ed invitarti tra noi:

    7. Teses Esplorazioni 74 months ago | reply

      Cavolo, che bello scatto!

    8. Sylvia Okkerse 74 months ago | reply

      I don't know what to add to other people's comments.I'll say it in Dutch: onvoorstelbaar mooi.

    9. sir_watkyn 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Imagery (Fav 1,Comment on 1), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Spectacular capture

    10. Roberto - 70 months ago | reply

      You are an Artist! This shot is PureArt!
      Please join us if you haven't already done!

    11. * Dino Galvagno * [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

      Bella, uno di questi giorni arrivero' a quell'altezza anche io! Se ti va' puoi guardare quelle mie scattate proprio sull'Etna, ma molto piu' in basso...

    12. Eva Barbara Martina* [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

      Questa è davvero fantastica! Complimenti!

    13. Caméraboy 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called shiver, and we'd love to have this added to the group!


      . ... . .. .AWARD * shiver * WINNER. . .. .
      . . .. . . .. . . .. Post 1 Award 2.. .. ... .. . . . .

      Beautiful ...Please join to the group!

    14. Andreas Helke 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Excellent Photography: Volcano, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      This is an amazing photo and it would fit well into my new group.

      I am just starting a new group series that hand picks some of the best photos that can be found on flickr. The other Excellent Photography groups can be found in the description of the group above.

    15. I am marlon 54 months ago | reply


      Congratulations! your shot is hard to duplicate.
      You're invited to share your shot at

      Hard to Duplicate Group.

    16. Luci@2010 53 months ago | reply

      Bellissimo scatto / Beautiful shot

    17. palnick 46 months ago | reply

      Molto bella, complimenti

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