Amazing Photos 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, behaviors, and landforms.

1. Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano

Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano Photography

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

2. Iceland

Lava flow

Photograph by Geir Sigurosson (Met Office on Flickr)

3. Lava Lake, Mount Nyiragongo, DR Congo

An Oval of Lava

Photograph by Nick Leonard (Jungle_Boy on Flickr)

4. Moa Heiau, Hawaii

Bread Dough

Photograph by someotherbob on Flickr

5. Hawaii

The Earth Is Alive

Photograph by Leigh Hilbert Photography (SparkyLeigh on Flickr)

6. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Back to the golden river of lava

Photograph by Boris Behncke (etnaboris on Flickr)

7. Iceland

Red hot lava

Photograph by Geir Sigurosson (Met Office on Flickr)

8. Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Lava

Photograph by rackyross on Flickr

9. Kiluea Volcano, Hawaii

Day 3 Lava 416

Photograph by Cathy Scola on Flickr

10. Inside a lava cave, Hawaii

Inside a lava cave

Photograph by Leigh Hilbert Photography (SparkyLeigh on Flickr)

11. Hawaii

Glassy ropes

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

12. Lava Lake at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Lava lake inside Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

Photograph by Tom Pfeiffer (volcanodiscovery on Flickr)

13. Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull

Photograph by Marc Szeglat

14. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Lava Front

Photograph by Salvatore Allegra (Vulcanian on Flickr)

15. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Lava tie - Eruzione del 2004 presso Serra Giannicola

Photograph by Salvatore Allegra (Vulcanian on Flickr)

16. Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajoekull Lava Falls

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

17. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Etna lava types

Photograph by Thomas Recihart on Flickr

18. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Lava flow on Etna, 11 March 1999

Photograph by Boris Behncke (etnaboris on Flickr)

19. Hawaii

Thy lava

Photograph by Josh Schwartzman on Flickr

20. Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Eyjafjallajoekull Lava Falls

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

21. Pu’u Kahaualea, Hawaii

Photograph by J.D. Griggs

22. Big Island of Hawaii

LAVA FLOW ON THE ISLAND OF HAWAII #3

Photograph by Leigh Hilbert (SparkyLeigh on Flickr)
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23. Kiluea Volcano, Hawaii

Day 3 Lava 327

Photograph by Cathy Scola on Flickr
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