Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea

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    NASA image acquired June 16, 2010.

    Papua New Guinea’s Manam Volcano released a thin, faint plume on June 16, 2010, as clouds clustered at the volcano’s summit. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite took this picture the same day. Rivulets of brown rock interrupt the carpet of green vegetation on the volcano’s slopes. Opaque white clouds partially obscure the satellite’s view of Manam. The clouds may result from water vapor from the volcano, but may also have formed independent of volcanic activity. The volcanic plume appears as a thin, blue-gray veil extending toward the northwest over the Bismarck Sea.

    Located 13 kilometers (8 miles) off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea, Manam forms an island 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide. It is a stratovolcano. The volcano has two summit craters, and although both are active, most historical eruptions have arisen from the southern crater.

    NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team. Caption by Michon Scott.

    Instrument: EO-1 - ALI

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    1. MaxGag 47 months ago | reply

      Really nice point of view !

    2. leahsak 47 months ago | reply

      i have no words

    3. Simmonsstummer 47 months ago | reply

      great! may i send it to my geology blog?

    4. RC... 47 months ago | reply

      +15 internets to everything everyone has said...

    5. eglinskibernd [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      Great shot

    6. Massimo Feliziani 46 months ago | reply

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    7. themoonmachine 45 months ago | reply


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    8. Héloïse Picot 43 months ago | reply

      Sublime de l'espace, c'est tout simplement fascinant!! :)

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    10. sir.marek 27 months ago | reply

      what a high resolution photo amazing is so clear!

    11. dcuteness 26 months ago | reply

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    12. sil737 15 months ago | reply

      excellent capture!

    13. jose.mundo 6 months ago | reply

      My God so beautiful

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