A Close Encounter With Ambrym Island’s Lava Lake

Posted by on September 27, 2012

Check out this video of Geoff Mackley and his crew as they stare down the immense heat and deathly death of Marum Volcano’s lava lake.

“…after an epic struggle with the weather for 35 days, we became the first people ever to get this close to Marum Volcano’s famed lava lake on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Coming within 30 metres of the lava lake down a watercourse, it was possible to stand the heat for only 6 seconds. With Fire Brigade breathing apparatus and heat proof proximity suit it was possible to stand on the very edge and view the incredible show for over 40 minutes.”

It’s hard for me to imagine Earth being hollow, especially when met with footage like that. The immense heat and pressure. The magma. It’s Hell down there. Well, not literally.

But almost.

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.