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Nyiragongo Crater: Journey to the Center of the World

In June 2010, a team of scientists and intrepid explorers stepped onto the shore of the lava lake boiling in the depths of Nyiragongo Crater, in the heart of the Great Lakes region of Africa. The team had dreamed of this: walking on the shores of the world's largest lava lake. Members of the team had been dazzled since childhood by the images of the 1960 documentary "The Devil's Blast" by Haroun Tazieff, who was the first to reveal to the public the glowing red breakers crashing at the bottom of Nyiragongo crater. Photographer Olivier Grunewald was within a meter of the lake itself, giving us a unique glimpse of its molten matter. (The Big Picture featured Olivier Grunewald's arresting images of sulfur mining in Kawah Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia, in a December 2010 post.) -- Paula Nelson (28 photos total)

The view from the volcano’s rim, 11,380 feet above the ground. At 1,300 feet deep, the lava lake has created one of the wonders of the African continent.
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1206 comments so far...

wow. just...

Posted by drow February 28, 11 11:22 AM

Incrível, imagens impressionantes

Posted by Fábio Schramm February 28, 11 11:23 AM


Posted by leon February 28, 11 11:30 AM

Phenomenal photos!! As always, Big Picture never fails to disappoint. Thanks so much for having this blog - always a pleasure viewing the various posts.

Posted by Andy_Boston February 28, 11 11:31 AM

Simply Beautiful

Posted by Mark, Austin Tx February 28, 11 11:33 AM

as usual great pictures.

Thank you

Posted by regis courbeyrette February 28, 11 11:35 AM

Amazing pictures, once again...

Posted by Cédric February 28, 11 11:35 AM

Just Amizing !!!!

Posted by nabdef February 28, 11 11:37 AM

Like another world!!!!! Wonderful

Posted by Dustan February 28, 11 11:37 AM


Posted by enka February 28, 11 11:40 AM

The fierceness is what makes it so gorgeous.
Great pictures. Great post - as usual.

Posted by Brittany February 28, 11 11:40 AM

Wonderful !

Posted by Joris February 28, 11 11:40 AM

Impréssionnant !

Posted by broccoli February 28, 11 11:48 AM

This is truly awesome. Fantastic!

Posted by Simon February 28, 11 11:48 AM

Awesome Collection!. Thanks For sharing.

Posted by Flogging Murphy February 28, 11 11:51 AM

They are crazy!

Posted by Simone February 28, 11 11:53 AM

muy buenas imágenes, son increibles!! muy buena pag :)

Posted by Lisa February 28, 11 11:55 AM


Posted by Manu February 28, 11 11:56 AM

adventure photographer's dream, i guess

Posted by cedric l. February 28, 11 11:57 AM

I'm surprised the guy in shot #20 is not wearing a suit.

Awesome beauty

Posted by kakashi February 28, 11 11:59 AM

Volcanoes are awesome!!!

Posted by BCM February 28, 11 11:59 AM

amazing pictures !

Posted by Claire February 28, 11 12:00 PM

stunning images.

Posted by stefanvds February 28, 11 12:01 PM

some pics looks like mordor...

Posted by isaac February 28, 11 12:02 PM

Pretty damn cool.

Posted by smull February 28, 11 12:02 PM


Posted by sc February 28, 11 12:02 PM

I thought the central crater was small when I saw picture 20. It is massive!

Posted by Rizky February 28, 11 12:04 PM

Where & when can we find out more about this expedition and their findings.

Posted by Jim February 28, 11 12:07 PM

incredible, i'm speechless

Posted by Peter Stampfer February 28, 11 12:08 PM

wow i thought it is impossible to be done but they did it!!! thanks guys for sharing it with us

Posted by kamal February 28, 11 12:09 PM

Scientists in wonderland !

Posted by [Nick Plus+] February 28, 11 12:11 PM

Astounding photo. Magical is an understatement !! I am amazed by such dedication to science and photography. WOW !

Posted by Eva February 28, 11 12:12 PM

Awesome pictures. Thanks for taking effort for the 'world'

Posted by Vijay February 28, 11 12:13 PM

Wow, these are absolutely amazing!! Volcanoes were what first inspired me to be a geologist, and this just revitalizes it all!

Posted by Avery February 28, 11 12:13 PM

Risk-taking at its best. Wish I was there. Beautiful pictures!

Posted by John Oliver February 28, 11 12:14 PM

this is just awesome. cant say enough how scary it looks. wonder what the rappeling adventures are thinking about when they go in.

Posted by piggly wiggly February 28, 11 12:18 PM

Amazing place, great photos. Wow

Posted by Darren Melrose February 28, 11 12:20 PM

#20 Impressive!! Tiny little human beings... thanks!

Posted by DLXD February 28, 11 12:33 PM

Stunning images as always!

Posted by Anonymous February 28, 11 12:35 PM

So beautiful...

Posted by Nico February 28, 11 12:35 PM


Posted by kari February 28, 11 12:44 PM

Wow...awesome sight!!!

Posted by Sanket February 28, 11 12:46 PM

Unbelievable shots! These folks are both crazy and brave to attempt such a daring feat in the name of science. Amazing stuff to say the least. :-)

Posted by FriendOfJah February 28, 11 12:47 PM

nice pictures

Posted by kami February 28, 11 12:48 PM

WOW! Seriously in awe of those guys - that's one insane expedition.
Great shots too - I'd love to see lava like that... amazing!

Posted by Neil February 28, 11 12:48 PM


Posted by Pickles February 28, 11 12:49 PM


Posted by liqube February 28, 11 12:55 PM


Posted by Anonymous February 28, 11 12:55 PM

Absolutely stunning ... WOW! What an amazing sight. Thank you for the great shots!

Posted by Tim M. February 28, 11 12:56 PM

#20 really puts it into perspective - simply incredible. Amazing photos.

Posted by Karen February 28, 11 01:00 PM

Super pictures!

Posted by Killrmantis February 28, 11 01:03 PM


Posted by we February 28, 11 01:04 PM


Posted by Marcus February 28, 11 01:06 PM


Posted by jacob February 28, 11 01:07 PM

Stunning photographs. A dream for a nerdy boy like me.

Posted by Bob LeDrew February 28, 11 01:07 PM


Posted by Indreal February 28, 11 01:07 PM

These are absolutely stunning pictures. Amazing.

Posted by eFPi February 28, 11 01:11 PM

What a fabulous story!

There is life after Alan Taylor, and The Big Picture Lives on..!


Posted by Jon T February 28, 11 01:15 PM

Wonderful pictures!!!!

I think I see Mount Doom!!!

Posted by Veron February 28, 11 01:16 PM

Great pictures as usual !

Posted by Niels February 28, 11 01:16 PM

Wow ... I will be sharing this with my class this afternoon.

Posted by Brian McGrain February 28, 11 01:17 PM


Posted by Funz February 28, 11 01:18 PM

I'm speechless! God is indeed great. Great work!

Posted by Wedsday February 28, 11 01:22 PM

wow, didn't really understand the scale of this until #20

Posted by Kevin February 28, 11 01:26 PM


Posted by augite February 28, 11 01:31 PM


Posted by Juan E. Cabezas February 28, 11 01:32 PM

Amazingly reckless!!!

Posted by Thomas February 28, 11 01:34 PM

Wow, what an intrepid scientists, Human curiosity has no boundaries, thanks for posting.

Posted by Alex Val February 28, 11 01:35 PM

This is incredible. Many years ago, I was in the crater of the "Navidad Volcano" in the South of Chile. The experience was marvelous and I will never forget it. Very good job. Wonderful pictures.

Posted by Eduardo Ortega February 28, 11 01:36 PM

Amazing pictures.
# 19 & # 27 show true fierce face of the Volcano.

Posted by Saurabh Sharma February 28, 11 01:38 PM

the first 4 would be great wallpapers if only they were bigger..

Posted by sevi February 28, 11 01:39 PM


Posted by Kees February 28, 11 01:40 PM

wow, these are pretty incredible. I can't imagine being so close to such a devastating natural force.

Posted by jsedar February 28, 11 01:41 PM

Absolutely Amazing! I am astonished by the courage of those men reaching the rim of the lava lake. Great pics indeed!

Posted by Eugene February 28, 11 01:42 PM

That´s hot!

Posted by Henrik Sjeoberg February 28, 11 01:44 PM

amazing! inspiring!
thank you

Posted by MAtt February 28, 11 01:45 PM

no words to describe this images.... wow!

Posted by Heriberto February 28, 11 01:46 PM


Posted by Roma February 28, 11 01:46 PM


Posted by Shawn February 28, 11 01:47 PM

Truly amazing pictures! Mother Nature at large...

Posted by Daniel February 28, 11 01:49 PM

Amazing Pictures!!!!

Posted by Ben Sailo February 28, 11 01:52 PM

Amazing journey! Fantastic photographs!

Posted by Nick Sushkevich! February 28, 11 01:53 PM

#20 and #21 are truly epic!

Posted by Patrick February 28, 11 01:56 PM


Posted by Bruno Ázera February 28, 11 01:57 PM

Unreal pictures. Wow!

Posted by Olaf February 28, 11 01:58 PM

I am overwhelmed to see such a close encounter.
What hardship they have taken to gift us such a wonderful photography!
Thanks to 'Big Picture.


Posted by Rupak - India February 28, 11 02:02 PM


And the point is?

Posted by Brandon February 28, 11 02:02 PM

Fantastic! One of the wonders of our planet.
Thanks for bringing to us these beautiful pictures!

Posted by Sam Shen February 28, 11 02:02 PM

awesome pictures...Great job done guys...

Posted by Piyush February 28, 11 02:04 PM

Breathtaking !! What a courage the team has shown here.
#20 brings out the real perspective. Salute to the bravery of the crew.

Posted by Amit February 28, 11 02:07 PM

Here's an idea--don't live next to an active volcano.

Posted by The Baltimoron February 28, 11 02:10 PM

this is cool...they will remember this journey for ages

Posted by Muhammad Usman Azam +923459034493 February 28, 11 02:10 PM

Incredible, thanks.
However, I wonder if this is really worth the risk which seems so unpredictable. I would only be willing to risk my health for making a dream come true if the associated risk is foreseenable.

Posted by Norbert February 28, 11 02:11 PM

These photos are really fantastic!!

Posted by Francis February 28, 11 02:13 PM

Incredible photos!

Posted by William February 28, 11 02:19 PM

Great pictures,impressive

Posted by Alfred B. February 28, 11 02:23 PM

Increible, un paisaje como de otro mundo.

Posted by Juan Carlos Posada February 28, 11 02:23 PM

Pictures 2-4.

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

Posted by Al February 28, 11 02:26 PM

Superbe ! as usual.

Posted by Régis February 28, 11 02:26 PM

Wow, absolutely incredible! Those guys must have nerves of steel! Thanks for publishing these!

Posted by Tim Solley February 28, 11 02:28 PM

Very impressive, the simple fact to discover such wonders must be astonishing.

Posted by Skyline93 February 28, 11 02:29 PM

If Mordor existed anywhere on Earth ...

Posted by Phoenixbeak February 28, 11 02:30 PM

Amazing pictures, hopefully these brave researchers can help prevent lives being lost.

Posted by Susan February 28, 11 02:32 PM


Posted by etienne February 28, 11 02:34 PM

WOW! #20 really helped explain the scale of the lake.

Posted by pik February 28, 11 02:35 PM

very interesting and vivid.

Posted by bob flanagan February 28, 11 02:35 PM

excellent pictures!!!

Posted by Alvaro Lau February 28, 11 02:37 PM


Posted by Yannick Garcin February 28, 11 02:38 PM

Beautiful =)

Posted by Emma C February 28, 11 02:40 PM


Posted by christine February 28, 11 02:41 PM

#20 - OMG, I really needed a picture of a human next to the crater to guess its size - it's HUGE!

Amazing images - only through recent technology are these sorts of expeditions possible and safer!

Posted by Vicky February 28, 11 02:43 PM

Eerie and very other-worldly.

Posted by David February 28, 11 02:44 PM

Wow, this is stunning.

Posted by MMM February 28, 11 02:46 PM

Wow, I would love to do that! Beautiful, and illustrates the power of the Almighty! NZIPP Qualified Member, New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers Prime Photography

Posted by Gerry Leibbrandt February 28, 11 02:53 PM

Superbe !

Posted by Anonymous February 28, 11 02:55 PM

#20 is insane

Posted by Anthony February 28, 11 02:55 PM

superbe, ca change de la misere et des morts ....

Posted by ultragr February 28, 11 02:56 PM

Wow, very cool!

Posted by Norman February 28, 11 02:56 PM


Posted by Tim February 28, 11 02:57 PM


Posted by Lilly February 28, 11 03:04 PM

Thanks for the thoughtful layout from the climb to the approach. A journey in pictures! Great shots of a little-known geologic feature.

Posted by Loren February 28, 11 03:04 PM

The curiosity of man is only beaten by his stupidity!

Posted by The Atheist February 28, 11 03:07 PM


Posted by Peter February 28, 11 03:13 PM

Where are the pictures of people throwing all sorts of cool stuff into the lava and watching it burn. There could be an entire cable channel dedicated to this pastime.

Posted by jmb February 28, 11 03:17 PM


I've always found volcanoes magical, though since I live many hundreds of miles from any active ones, it's rather a naive view given what they're capable of.

Posted by Ben February 28, 11 03:21 PM

splendide, merci de nous avoir fait partagé ces instants............
Même si je ne suis pas un spécialiste, je suis ébloui !!


Posted by maunoury etienne February 28, 11 03:26 PM

Incredible, thanks to the team!

Posted by Eric Morrow February 28, 11 03:28 PM

Pretty darned hot down there. Just think - all that bubbling goo is actually melted ROCK!

Posted by Jojo February 28, 11 03:29 PM

One ring to rule them all... :)

Posted by Mark B February 28, 11 03:34 PM


Posted by elmo February 28, 11 03:35 PM

#27 is absolutely magical. Amazing photos,

Posted by dittu February 28, 11 03:57 PM

this is amazing and show the beauty of the creation of our GOD

Posted by Osmar February 28, 11 04:00 PM


Posted by Katie February 28, 11 04:02 PM

I only realized how big the lake is seeing #20. I was dazzled. These are some amazing photos.

Posted by Martin February 28, 11 04:05 PM


Posted by Malene February 28, 11 04:08 PM

Fantastico... outta this world..

Posted by Devrana February 28, 11 04:08 PM

Nature never seizes to amazes us with its wonders.

Posted by bah February 28, 11 04:32 PM

Absolument impressionnant, terrifiant!

Posted by Fenestraz claudia February 28, 11 04:49 PM

Wow! Absolutely stunning

Posted by Aira February 28, 11 04:49 PM

¡Absolutamente increíble! Gran trabajo.

Posted by Marco Mori February 28, 11 05:02 PM

Semplicemente fantastico.

Posted by Lonzi Marco February 28, 11 05:43 PM

This is awesome !!! hats off to the Olivier Grunewald and his his team mates

Posted by Sarath Sasi February 28, 11 06:40 PM

Riveting! Oh so beautiful! Mysterious!

But it really does sound like pseudo-science justifying a cool trip.

Posted by Bruce February 28, 11 06:40 PM

we have one here to at sao miguel azores it,s beautiful and inmazing bulleing water hot waters nothing like it mother nature it,s thru that we have a god ..

Posted by john February 28, 11 06:44 PM

cooolllll pics

Posted by lola February 28, 11 07:18 PM

cool pictures!

Posted by Richard February 28, 11 07:21 PM

Cool. Most look shopped.

Posted by dude February 28, 11 07:25 PM

Stunning and beautiful. Best wishes to the scientists for success.

Posted by Santimay Basu February 28, 11 07:30 PM


Posted by anon February 28, 11 07:37 PM


Posted by devrana February 28, 11 07:50 PM

Wonderful pictures!!

Posted by Matias February 28, 11 08:10 PM

WOW! The scale of the whole thing is hard to comprehend until you see a person beside the pool.

Posted by Jeff February 28, 11 09:08 PM

Hot Stuff!

Posted by KaNaLiA February 28, 11 09:09 PM

Absolutely stunning! Hats of to all the members of expedition!

Posted by RGK73 February 28, 11 09:09 PM

awsome ! cool! insane!

Posted by misha February 28, 11 09:17 PM

Super ultra nice job!! :)

Posted by Mehdi February 28, 11 09:58 PM


Posted by zhangheng February 28, 11 09:58 PM

All fun and games until someone gets their eyes burnt off!

Posted by HotHeadedAmerican February 28, 11 10:01 PM

I just need to run down there and get a bucket or two of that lava so I can build a lava fountain at my base!

Posted by Sheyl February 28, 11 10:08 PM

Looking into the active lava -- where it's bubbling, burbling, and overflowing -- we are peering directly into the flesh and blood of our planet.
There are no words that can even begin to fully express the power and beauty of these images.
How much more awe-inspiring -- exalting and humbling at once -- it must be to be right there!
Many thanks to all of them for taking on the risks of being there. (Let's all hope - and pray, for those so inclined - that they all come home safe, unharmed, with data intact that will help to save lives, and with great stories for their grandkids!)
Thanks to you for bringing us these pictures.

Posted by smartalek February 28, 11 10:20 PM

lets do swimming in Lake

Posted by Anis February 28, 11 10:22 PM

This might be the most awe-inspiring post I've seen yet. Thanks for posting such a great story!

Posted by Dan Chatman February 28, 11 10:48 PM

Achei o máximo!

Posted by Lidia February 28, 11 11:10 PM

Exceptional daring !! Exceptional & awasome photgraphs !!

Hats off to the expedition Team !! Great work !!

Posted by Sameer Kumthekar February 28, 11 11:19 PM

Well, that DEFINITELY places "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" into the category of "Fantasy"!! :)

Spectacular stuff. Well done.

Posted by Trevor March 1, 11 12:23 AM

Passion to learn !!! No wonder scientist are consider crazy !!

Posted by Vikram March 1, 11 12:46 AM

Was the ring undone?

Posted by mr feesh March 1, 11 12:50 AM

"15The goal of the expedition is to reach the rim of the lava lake. Nobody has previously survived such an encounter"

Does this imply that someone has previously approached the rim and died?

Posted by Matt March 1, 11 12:51 AM


Posted by gormon March 1, 11 01:33 AM

What an amazing planet we live on. Beautiful captures.

Posted by Barbara Matchey March 1, 11 01:42 AM

Stunning Images......breath taking...........these men are absolute fearless and dwell trained to do such a awesome

Posted by Gaurav Singh Tingi March 1, 11 01:49 AM

wow nice//

Posted by ali rehman March 1, 11 02:20 AM


Posted by Atta Baloch March 1, 11 02:25 AM


Posted by Oto meskhy March 1, 11 02:28 AM

Majestic! Shows a glimpse of the power of the CREATOR

Posted by MA March 1, 11 02:50 AM

Africa was once known as a dark continent. I henceforth thought such awesome features never existed anywhere in our midst. Mother Africa is indeed endowed.

Posted by Frank Odongo - Uganda March 1, 11 03:01 AM

Wierd photoshop mask in #15

Posted by Hampus Larsson March 1, 11 03:23 AM

Incredible stuff.. beautiful.

Posted by Ritish March 1, 11 03:40 AM

Great guys, great pics.

Posted by kiojohn March 1, 11 03:41 AM

#21 #21
are impressive!
great picture as usual. thanks!!!

Posted by alessandro lo bue March 1, 11 03:47 AM

Okay, so I was going through and thinking that these shots were pretty cool and amazing - but then I got to #20 and just fell off my chair! Up until then you have no sense of the scale of this beast - that little bloke by the crater wall is just dwarfed.

Posted by Stuart Jones March 1, 11 03:50 AM

Good photographs. Great work! Well done Expedition team!

Posted by Sukhwinder Singh March 1, 11 03:52 AM


Posted by Sunil K R March 1, 11 03:52 AM


What a great photography. I can't imagine about this lava lake. I have no word for explore this....

Posted by Johan March 1, 11 04:07 AM

Astonishing images! Thank you for bringing this story to the world!

Posted by Heather March 1, 11 04:26 AM

Having spent two nights of my life on the edges of this increadible volcano, I am full of awe when I see these photographs - indicrabably beautiful and daring!! Jacques would have loved to join the team there as he did with me and good friends in 2006.
Good luck with the important work
Karen from Norway

Posted by Karen H. Bjornestad March 1, 11 04:33 AM

Thanks for the pics. They are awesome. I'm amazed how these men and women do this and risk their lives for the study of craters.Hats off to them.

Posted by Mike March 1, 11 04:46 AM

wow unbelievably excemptional! hard but great works ,what else could i say really...

Posted by priscillana atenta March 1, 11 04:59 AM

سبحان الله

Posted by AbdouMoumen March 1, 11 05:15 AM

Thanks for sharing such extra ordinary photos.

Posted by Juvy March 1, 11 05:22 AM

so man~~,who took the journey

Posted by duan xaozhen March 1, 11 05:30 AM

Just Epic

Posted by Charles March 1, 11 05:31 AM

this was brave n amazing job... we'll learn something here.. thanks for the amazing shares :)

Posted by maha raja March 1, 11 05:32 AM

with all the new technology out there ... can't they use robots to do the dirty work ... *wonders*

very brave indeed! .......

Posted by sumayya March 1, 11 05:34 AM

Why not just send some robots to collect whatever (samples, close-up pictures, viscosity, etc) you want to? What's the point of this bravado? Who cares whether a human being really went that close?

Posted by Chandra March 1, 11 05:35 AM

Super Aufnahmen und Kompliment an das Team!!

Posted by Tom March 1, 11 06:04 AM

awesome !!

Posted by Anonymous March 1, 11 06:15 AM

amazing !!

Posted by Virender Kashyap March 1, 11 06:29 AM

Incredibleeee .....would like to the teams....want to bath ...ii

Posted by Anonymous March 1, 11 06:38 AM

Muito bonito...e que coragem dos pesquisadores que desceram até o fundo, mesmo com todo o risco, para nos brindarem com essas belas imagens!

It´s fantastic...amazing!!

Posted by Francisco Dias March 1, 11 06:40 AM

Photo 10 reminds me vividly of the Austrian campsite where we spent part of our family holiday at the age of 10. Ah, the carefree, golden memories of childhood!

Posted by Mike McGill March 1, 11 07:08 AM

Magnifique !!

Posted by kipi March 1, 11 07:09 AM

that is the coolest thing I saw!

Posted by Anonymous March 1, 11 07:39 AM

Wow Fantastic,words dont addquately discribe is awsome photography,Thank you for sharing your work with the world.

Posted by Allan Grace March 1, 11 07:55 AM

How many car exhausts could fit into this crater. Greenhouse gas?

Posted by Ken Clark March 1, 11 08:09 AM


Posted by Anonymous March 1, 11 08:52 AM

Amazing pictures!

Posted by Andi Licious March 1, 11 08:54 AM

Verdaderamente Espectacular, encantador, y único Felicidades a quien nos hace posible deleitarnos con estas Fotografías... Gracias desde México.

Posted by Víctor cervantes March 1, 11 08:59 AM

Mother Nature's presentation of another unique activity on our planet. This was most exciting to me. As I studied these photos, at times I felt like being a part of this adventure; it had to be so exhilarating to those fortunate few on this exploration team. Overwhelming!

Posted by Tom Heffelfinger March 1, 11 09:08 AM


Posted by Natalia Mindru March 1, 11 09:15 AM

the coolest of the cool!!! it's just magnificent!

Posted by Claudine Toloza March 1, 11 09:32 AM

In #13, it should be "condenses", not "condensates". The verb form of "condensation" is "condense".

Posted by Kari March 1, 11 09:46 AM

Amazing work...goodluck and keep the pictures coming

Posted by Flor Bello March 1, 11 09:50 AM

Damn Nature, you scary! :(

Posted by ANON March 1, 11 10:01 AM


Posted by Raffaele Colasanto March 1, 11 10:27 AM

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Posted by ANON March 1, 11 10:37 AM

jaw dropping!

Posted by Fiona March 1, 11 10:43 AM

Wow !!! Beautiful pictures

Posted by Monica March 1, 11 10:59 AM

It's fine place for cooking eggs, Thank BG...

Posted by michael March 1, 11 11:28 AM

sooooo beautiful........

Posted by Diabolique March 1, 11 11:43 AM

#27 is breathtaking.
The experience of being there must be surreal..
It's a shame that the average person is too caught up with "life" to bask in nature's beauty.

Posted by Omar March 1, 11 11:53 AM

i like these pictures which are related our geologicls courses, these pictures grow up my knowledge.

Posted by waqar khan March 1, 11 12:13 PM

This volcano is an example of the forces that are ripping Africa apart slowly but surely through time. The East African rift system is probably the only place on earth where we can see the creation of a new sea and a new landmass occuring in real time. When you put this volcano into context and realize why it is there, its even more awe inspiring.

Posted by Andy March 1, 11 12:26 PM

Incredible images!

Posted by Jean-Claude March 1, 11 12:44 PM

Amazing pics and a real inspiration to kids who want to be scientists!

Posted by Daniel March 1, 11 12:54 PM

Who cares whether a human being really went that close?
Why the human beings, of course. Read through the many comments again and then tell me who does (or doesn't) care.

Posted by Jim March 1, 11 01:18 PM

Dr. Evil voice: "Red Hot Magma!"

Posted by Phoenixbeak March 1, 11 01:22 PM

So hot!

Posted by joe March 1, 11 01:54 PM

"203. that is the coolest thing I saw!"

I would say the hotest:-);-)

Posted by Milan March 1, 11 02:02 PM

Very nice and unpredictable

Posted by guru March 1, 11 02:13 PM

Awesome.. Really great !

Posted by Anish March 1, 11 02:36 PM

some day I'll go there Enshallah

so interesting picture

like it


Posted by Hamad March 1, 11 02:38 PM

Compare #15 and #17 to see the level of the lava lake changing

Posted by idahogie March 1, 11 03:14 PM

Scientists are sometimes the bravest people alive. Possibly foolhardy, yes, possibly willfully ignoring the data on disaster. But still, they try to find the limits and edges of things, or the lack of those limits, illusions of edges. And in doing this they stretch the sight of the whole human race.
Thank you, team.

Posted by jaystar March 1, 11 03:39 PM

Dante Inferno.Great picture and great courage to go there and take them.The best I have ever seen

Posted by aumontzey March 1, 11 03:47 PM

Da togliere il respiro. Grazie!

Posted by Fabrizio Venezia March 1, 11 03:50 PM

Waho is for such to be happening dey , this time.

Posted by Ekejiuba Toochukwu George March 1, 11 04:05 PM

Osmar you would bring religion into this. For once just enjoy the wonders of the world

Posted by Eddie March 1, 11 04:10 PM

#14 - awesome!!

Posted by Israel March 1, 11 04:10 PM

Unbelievable and those associated with this Earth Science endeavour are to be recognized for courage. It is not fun and games and one more step taken by Earth scientists to better understand the geophysics of our home.

Posted by ECON March 1, 11 04:15 PM

BBC documentary "Earth: The Power of the Planet", 1st episode, has footage in glorious HD from that lake

Posted by JBJ March 1, 11 04:44 PM

I bless the day I decided to add this site to mu bookmarks!!!

Posted by Antonio Ivaldi (Italy) March 1, 11 05:07 PM

nice work

Posted by Sim March 1, 11 05:53 PM

Those pics were so cool. I would like to see it in person.

Posted by Keith M. March 1, 11 07:22 PM


Posted by maple March 1, 11 07:55 PM

this is really unbelievable!!!!!!! hats off to the team.. great attempt!!

Posted by vinayak March 1, 11 08:56 PM

Awesome! Just awesome! The pictures put me right there. Wow.

Posted by lulu March 1, 11 09:01 PM

Where's the masrshmellows?

Posted by Anonymous March 1, 11 09:44 PM

Liquid Earth. Awesome!

Posted by Travler March 1, 11 10:03 PM

Its something we can't see everyday but we are sitting everymoment just top of it. Truly Amazing Earth!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Raj March 1, 11 11:06 PM


Posted by NAHOM March 2, 11 12:02 AM

Awesome pics..!! Really kudos to the folks who ventured near to this.. !!

Posted by Sunil March 2, 11 12:15 AM

Wonderful, no words, great photos, courageous people, thank you for sharing

Posted by Maxim Reider March 2, 11 01:03 AM

we like it. it was supb

Posted by patel ashwin March 2, 11 01:22 AM


Posted by Rishikesh March 2, 11 01:23 AM

The most amazing pictures that I have ever seen. Some of the pics have left me spellbound.Great Work

Posted by Abhijeet March 2, 11 01:46 AM


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Posted by kp singla March 2, 11 02:21 AM

This is fantastic, awesome and very risky. Hundred bravos for the members of the expedition. Great and very interesting job. Excelent pictures. Could somebody think of some man made installation extracting the lava from the lake and converting it by some manufacturing proces and once cooled, in some type of construction components?

Posted by Bernie March 2, 11 02:31 AM

Удивительное место. Красивые фотографии. Мордор.....

Posted by LORR March 2, 11 02:45 AM

Brilliant work, amazing pictures.. Heart of Mother Earth is definitely not cold!!

Posted by Shivank Kaul March 2, 11 04:09 AM


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Posted by Anneke March 2, 11 04:51 AM

incredible amazing heavenly i salute the photographers for showing these wonders of nature

Posted by ruqaiya qureshi March 2, 11 05:19 AM

amazing... God's wonders!

Posted by sirkims March 2, 11 06:30 AM

Don't mess with Mother Nature!

Simply *incredible* pics.

Posted by denheels March 2, 11 06:55 AM


Please, I don't have comment but I wanna ask a question. According to the crater images, how can a man enter into the crater? I ask this because I have seen the picture of "Marc Caillet is the first member of the team to reach the lake’s rim."

Thanks a lot.

Posted by Félix NTAMWIRA March 2, 11 07:05 AM

Absolutely incredible. These guys either have much more nerve than I or they are totally bonkers. Awesome.

Posted by Glen Eason March 2, 11 08:12 AM

wonderful...and amazing

Posted by Anonymous March 2, 11 08:41 AM


Posted by Cameron Neely March 2, 11 09:19 AM

You really have the most amazing geology photographs. Thank you so much. My students and I have benefited from your work.

Posted by Gina S. Szablewski March 2, 11 09:33 AM

What a strange and interesting world inside the rim of a volcano. Great pictures!

Posted by Jerod Mott March 2, 11 09:39 AM


Posted by Tango March 2, 11 10:00 AM

these are some awsome pics

Posted by Jennifer mayes March 2, 11 10:03 AM

these are some awsome pics

Posted by Jennifer mayes March 2, 11 10:05 AM


Posted by Anonymous March 2, 11 10:44 AM

Great people peruse for great things!!

Posted by Vishal Gadilkar March 2, 11 10:54 AM


Posted by Alok March 2, 11 11:24 AM

Great people, great minds, great pictures! Why have a robot do it when you can do it yourself ;) Robots just wouldn't appreciate it.

Posted by Linda East March 2, 11 12:12 PM


Posted by yaron March 2, 11 12:55 PM

I loved these pictures. I've been hiking around Hawaii volcanoes for 3 decades, and I have the scars and damaged ankles to prove it. There is no way I would have tried going down the walls of the crater. The rock must have been altered and fragile.

Did you wear special boots? The metal strip built into the bottom of the boot can get so hot you have to dance around on the hot rock. There is nothing like camping near an eruption and watching the ebb and flow. I have to keep reminding myself that the liquid and gas is really rock! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Posted by Dr. Barbara Keating, retired UH March 2, 11 01:02 PM

It's not until Photo #20 that we get a true sense of scale of this beast!

Posted by kevjohn March 2, 11 04:04 PM

The power and beauty of the!! #20 is absolutely breathtaking, I thought this lake was a small'ish thing til that picture!

Posted by ErikN March 2, 11 04:08 PM

And only seconds to lose your life...all for a picture and history??? HMMM

Posted by Anonymous March 2, 11 04:46 PM

one of the best posts ever, really amazing.

Posted by eduardo March 2, 11 05:23 PM

“If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because man, they're gone.”

Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts

Posted by PETE March 2, 11 06:11 PM

Does the position 'Head of Natural Risk Analysis' actually requires from one to risk their lives? I though that 'analysis' should have determined that 'it is damn dangerous, don't go there!'

But.... what a photos... Please teach me how to take suck kind of shots w/o the necessity literally to go the gate of Hell

Posted by invisible March 2, 11 06:14 PM

This is unimaginable, i don't have the right words to express myself, its just wonderful, i wish i was the one taking those photographs.

Posted by Roberts david March 2, 11 08:17 PM

OMG my names carley stafford im 13 and i live in australia. and i must say this is incredible and something in the future i hope to see. its amazing! the colours are awesome:) i hope u all got home safe and had a wonderful experience. xx

Posted by carley stafford March 2, 11 09:00 PM

"Amazing" isn't a big enough word.

Posted by SuzieQ March 2, 11 10:13 PM

Fantastic! Nature at its best!

Posted by Alice March 2, 11 10:25 PM

i dont have words

Posted by carlos March 2, 11 11:39 PM

I googled "The Devil's Blast" and wished to know more about it, but all the pages were shut down. Is it only happened in China or what?

Posted by Penny Zheng March 3, 11 01:05 AM

Huh, I like to see the this kind of beautiful & nature pictures, but not the war, protest or a disaster. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Peggy March 3, 11 01:07 AM


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Posted by Jackie March 3, 11 01:46 AM

OMG! Fooh!

Posted by Marghoob suleman March 3, 11 01:47 AM

go hot, or go not

Posted by womynoid March 3, 11 02:51 AM

no tengo palabras para describirlas, son maravillosas...shukran ua shukran

Posted by pepe calvache March 3, 11 03:15 AM

Its really mindblowing........................

Posted by Sanjay Bharti March 3, 11 03:39 AM

riuscire ad incanalare tutta quest'energia....sarebbe magnifico...come è magnifica la temerarietà di quest'intrepidi scienzati.

Posted by angelica ciletti March 3, 11 04:00 AM

Awesome...really great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous March 3, 11 04:07 AM

That's very interesting and life giving for those who are risking going down the volcano to find out and learn about it, very impressed .

Posted by Alfredo Alberto Fiore March 3, 11 04:41 AM

That's very interesting and life giving for those who are risking going down the volcano to find out and learn about it, very impressed .

Posted by Alfredo Alberto Fiore March 3, 11 04:43 AM


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Posted by Rohit V March 3, 11 05:12 AM

Unbelievable and fantastic!!!

Posted by Peje March 3, 11 05:30 AM

nice.., fascinating..,

Posted by chibug41 March 3, 11 06:57 AM

Rock Climbing Deluxe - Very Cool (I Mean Hot) Indeed!

Posted by March 3, 11 07:34 AM

two words 'A MAZING'!

Posted by comark March 3, 11 08:04 AM


Posted by Paolo March 3, 11 11:04 AM

Awesome Pics...

Posted by Anonymous March 3, 11 11:28 AM

This is realy Dangerous !!! Men, who are there, be carefull !!!

Posted by THIS IS EPIC !!! March 3, 11 12:24 PM

Very Very Very Very Very nice... muito lindo qe fotos maravihosas dá até medo....

Posted by Paulo March 3, 11 01:02 PM

Hmmmmm! A good illustration of Hell perhaps?

Posted by Nimmo777 March 3, 11 01:15 PM

I love #2 the it just me, or do the spot fires on the surface resemble two big eyes and a bunch of dots that resemble a grin? It's like Mother Nature is grinning at us!

Posted by Andy March 3, 11 02:32 PM

Incredible!, Amazing! Not just the Photgraphs but the fact that a group of people actually when down into the " Gates of Hell" and took these.

Posted by Greg Martin March 3, 11 02:42 PM

...caliente !!! magnifico !!! unico !!!

Posted by carmela March 3, 11 05:12 PM

It´s a sign that earth it´s not a dead planet.

Posted by bisonte March 3, 11 05:33 PM

Outstanding reporting.... Thanks a lot for showing this to us.

Posted by Mauricio Villamil March 3, 11 05:59 PM


Posted by Rohan March 3, 11 07:05 PM

I flat out wouldn't have the guts!!! This is amazing. I was totally captivated looking at these pics.

Posted by Jenny Bea March 3, 11 08:12 PM

Interesante y muy caliente gracias al equipo.

Posted by Ana Martinez March 3, 11 08:36 PM

what an awsome,beatiful,magnificent pictures;a wish to be them to live that experience. thanks to share with us.

Posted by margarita March 3, 11 10:13 PM

I am stunned how the team got very close to the magma. Thank you so much for the fabulous work. It is incredibly amazing! Love it!!!

Posted by Grace Crick March 3, 11 10:41 PM

It is really great. Thanks to the group who ventured it.

Posted by Tapas Kumar De March 4, 11 12:33 AM


Posted by Salouke March 4, 11 01:22 AM

These pictures reminds me once again how small man is compared to the wonders of God's creations,. I admire men and woman who go where I am too afraid to go. Thank you for the wonderful pictures, now get out and come back home safely.

Posted by Avis Grandon March 4, 11 01:23 AM

Africa the mother of all.How nature reveals her beaty in Africa.

Posted by Rwarumaya March 4, 11 05:07 AM


Posted by Tushar Paul March 4, 11 05:38 AM

Yes, it's as if we're seeing the inside of Earth, this spinning kiln on which we live yet -- how can it be that we've eliminated high-fire ceramics from most schools!!!!!!!!!!! ?? Ceramic change is another kind of literacy and, since we love these images so much, perhaps a high-touch literacy we humans in this high-tek world really crave.

Posted by Joan Lederman March 4, 11 06:15 AM


Posted by Chulakorn March 4, 11 07:25 AM

It needs a lot of courage and bravery to go s close to wrong step and you are dead....but thats what scientists have been doing....measuring the limits....great work!!!!!!

Posted by Dhurvesh March 4, 11 06:06 PM


Posted by jazzmanj March 4, 11 06:55 PM

magnificent, awesome, wonderful
foolish, dangerous, costly
is the value gained worth the cost, the danger for a lot of really great pictures and some gas on a volcano in a relatively remote area of africa.

Posted by Anonymous March 4, 11 07:00 PM

There is no Mother Nature but there is an all wise God of order and design.

Posted by marcos March 4, 11 09:40 PM

Spectacular & Incredible!!!
Thank you so much for sharing.

Posted by DD Ziyad March 5, 11 02:13 AM

WOW very cool! (no pun) What fantastic photos!!

Posted by John R March 5, 11 02:59 AM

But let's stay humble by thinking that about 50 years ago, a french volcanologue, Haroun TAZIEFF was already there, on that 2nd plateform, to describe the lava lake on its shores!!!

Posted by JYM March 5, 11 03:39 AM

The photographs deplayed are live and speak the fire in the womb of the earth.They speak of God who can keep fire and water together inside the earth.-----RSPSINGH ,president taknikimunch BJP Bihar,Patna (INDIA)

Posted by RSPSINGH March 5, 11 08:57 AM

Did they really use "condensates" as a verb?

Posted by barba March 5, 11 09:19 AM


Posted by Fanani March 5, 11 11:01 AM

There is no god, but the forces of nature play out inexorably, exquisitely and with no waste.

Posted by tonyt March 5, 11 11:25 AM

Believable and unbelievable at the same time. My husband and I have walked on hard lava in Hawaii but also saw it turn red afterwards! The road was covered with 2 wk. old lava!! These photos are fantastic!

Posted by Janice Boucher in Arizona March 5, 11 12:48 PM

This is proof positive that G-d exists - who or what else could create this!

Posted by Jakob Richard Drucker March 5, 11 01:12 PM

The quality of the lava pictures are amazing. Almost no blur due to the heat when using the tele... In my time I had to use the standard f50 mm lens and be rather close to get good shots...

Posted by Hediger André March 5, 11 01:43 PM

In a world where so much effort and time is squandered on nothing but selfish exploits, these men are heroes. They've brought back astounding wonders for us to see, and they risked their lives to do it.

Isn't that worth celebrating!

Posted by Tom S., Brea, CA USA March 5, 11 02:07 PM

Enthralling pictures. I appreciate the enormous effort which went into creating them.
I am so sorry for anyone who can look at any part of the Earth and say "God does not exist".
Too often, without really considering what we live on and in, many now worship the creation but ignore the Creator. If one really considers the enormity of creation, from sub atomic particles to the tens of billions of suns in the billions of galaxies, one cannot, if he or she has an atom of wisdom, say this is all an accident.
Praise God for what he has given us.

Posted by Jack March 5, 11 04:59 PM

Liquid rock!!! Amazing.

Posted by Walter Mattson March 5, 11 07:51 PM

So beautifull and sucessfull

Posted by asif March 5, 11 08:30 PM

I am happy that thee fellows had the fortitude to get that close to this awesome sight.

Posted by Jim Sivert March 5, 11 10:40 PM

What a place! Viewing the slides was infinitely better than reading any National Geographic article, as wonderful as they are.

Posted by Harold Premdas March 5, 11 10:47 PM

Only Nature (God) can give us this magical view.

Neither CNN nor Twitter can create this magic (with commercials interspersed) via illusory TV shows (marketed as reality TV).

Posted by Bodinatha March 6, 11 01:24 AM

It is like drilling an oil well. You do it when the reward is worth the risk. Knowning that you could lose it all.

Posted by Pat March 6, 11 02:02 AM

that is wonderfull

Posted by j king March 6, 11 03:34 AM

Uno spettacolo incredibile! La natura ci parla di Dio!
E' necesario contemplarla e dire a Dio: Grazie , perchè questa bellezza ci parla di Te, del Tuo amore per l'uomo, chiunque esso sia e qualunque razza, religione,nazione egli appartenga!
Difendiamo la natura!
Grazie per queste magnifiche immagini!
Luigina Mardegan

Posted by Luigina Mardegan March 6, 11 05:08 AM

It's fun to be shown one of the many 'thermostats' of the world.

Many thanks to those involved !!!

Posted by Duncx March 6, 11 06:18 AM

Jolly good show!

Seriously: brilliant pictures telling a story of a great adventure at a remarkable place on earth. I'd like to be there myself despite the dangerous situations they must have encountered.

Posted by betakarel March 6, 11 11:04 AM

Son unas de las fotografías mas impresionantes que jamás he visto. He visitado varios volcanes en Costa Rica y Nicaragua, pero ninguna con la magnitud de éste. Enhorabuena al ó los fotografos por hacernos y sobre todo por difundirlas.

Posted by Fernando Albares / Madrid / Spain March 6, 11 11:35 AM

Words cannot fully express the extent of my awesome feelings about these pictures!

Posted by Sapuro Rayphand March 6, 11 01:04 PM

no words to describe the beauty of these pics. You guys are daringly lucky to make that trip, witness that sight so close, watch it for two days. Awe and respect for Mother Earth.

I guess this trip makes you as lucky as astronauts.

Posted by Kamal Tripathi March 6, 11 06:14 PM

Incredible! I have never seen anything like it - the wonder and fury
of it all. Bravo to the men who made the journey and the great photography. Awesomly fierce.

Posted by sylvia March 6, 11 08:01 PM

WOW! this is tttttoooooooooooo good! EXCELLENT pix this is mother nature at its best.

Posted by Daniel March 6, 11 09:50 PM

A remarkable example of bravery by those who risk so much for the enlightenment of all - they are indeed deserving of high praise and recognition.

Posted by Alan P March 7, 11 01:15 AM

These ppl. are true believers of Allah. Nothing less can take u to such places. Photographs are a gift to ppl. like us.

Posted by zahid mohyuddin March 7, 11 03:27 AM

Very Nice

Posted by Ganesh March 7, 11 03:44 AM

Okay, you guys are officially nuts.
But thank you very much for the fantastic shots.

Posted by E-Ticket March 7, 11 03:45 AM

Ongelooflijk. Onwaarschijnlijk wat die wetenschappers daar doen. Ze nemen risiko's voor hun eigen leven en dat voor de wetenschap. Al mijn bewondering daarvoor.

Posted by Jenny March 7, 11 03:55 AM

very beautiful really God is a fantastic creator

Posted by kibuuka micheal March 7, 11 04:42 AM

Incredible .....

Posted by Asmita March 7, 11 05:33 AM

Amazing photography, Nature truly is a wonderful being. It would be like walking on the moon for these people. One can only imagine their exhileration

Posted by Julia Peterson March 7, 11 07:35 AM

This is tremoundously overwhelming. I salute the mission

Posted by pierre March 7, 11 08:16 AM

ur all welcome ad never joke with sir god

Posted by fhillo March 7, 11 08:19 AM

Thanks so much guys, photo #20 is the most revealing... I was born in Goma, at the foot of the mountain, and for the three decades I lived there I never had an idea of the scale of the mountain and its hidden beauty! Am amaized!

Posted by Edison Paluku March 7, 11 08:48 AM

Wonderfull pictures!
Allahu Akbar!

Posted by MohammedDewan March 7, 11 09:56 AM

Absolutely incredible!

Posted by mojoman1 March 7, 11 10:12 AM

Courage and bravery ? to get so close to death,these men are heroes. They've brought astounding pictures for us to see,, I might add they risked their lives to do it.for the love of science!!

Posted by Sergio Pastor, geologist March 7, 11 10:13 AM

Saying that Nature IS God, does the God who created Nature just as much of an injustice as saying that we are God! And, just as wise men have always said, It is by the things seen that we can garner an idea of the magnificence, power, and character of things unseen!

Posted by Possibill March 7, 11 10:18 AM

Too bad we can't make use of the heat...

Posted by Howard March 7, 11 10:22 AM

Ошеломительно!!!Побольше бы таких подборок!

Posted by Myrzikof March 7, 11 01:09 PM


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Posted by JOE NICOLL March 7, 11 03:14 PM

Will this object have to pay a Carbon Tax ?

Posted by Frank March 7, 11 03:30 PM

This is truly a gift given by the team that pulled this off to all of us. Truly incredible. Let's please not make it a theological dispute, and appreciate both the awe we are inspired to by nature, and the people that do some bats*&t stuff to help us understand it. Hats off, y'all. Your team, and the photos truly enriched my day, and my respect for the awesome power of our planet.

Posted by jj March 7, 11 04:04 PM


Posted by Bobby March 7, 11 04:09 PM

Amazing, I was there in Aug 2009 and climbed to the top and camped overnight. But my experience was nothing compared to these guys....stunning

Posted by Rob Cogan March 7, 11 04:13 PM

Really breathtaking!

Posted by Anno March 7, 11 05:13 PM

AWESOME - FANTASTIC - SPECTACULAR - would be nice if such energy could be harnessed for humanity - come on you clever people out there get your thinking caps on.

Posted by Gerry DeSouza March 7, 11 06:44 PM


Posted by Wanda Hitt March 7, 11 07:11 PM

Although they are in a such a critical location, they are surrounded by such extraordinary beauty. Gorgeous scenery!

Posted by Saffanah Hazzard March 7, 11 09:35 PM

I want to add this to all those refering to God's existance OR lack of, to look up Revelations 4:11 where it states: "You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created." also at Psalms 139:14 "I shall laud you because in a fear-inspiring way I am wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, as my soul is very well aware." and one more at Isaiah 45:18 "For this is what Jehovah has said, the Creator of the heavens, He the true God, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited:(I am Jehovah, and there is no one else...)" New World Translation
I always find it amazing that people can look at awe-inspiring photo's like these and deny there was an intelligent designer and creator. We can look at a nail, simple in design but recongize there was an intelligent designer behind it. Why wouldn't one do the same for the planet? I personally appreciate the hard work these brave men did and took pricelist pictures along the way. Thank you for this educational experience & the amazing photographs! :-))

Posted by C.Giggles March 7, 11 10:24 PM


Posted by Marky-Mark March 8, 11 01:55 AM

The mention of the U.N. blew it for me.

Posted by Greg H March 8, 11 04:48 AM

"The goal of the expedition is to reach the rim of the lava lake. Nobody has previously survived such an encounter."

And they call Charlie Sheen crazy.

Posted by JB Vikerstein March 8, 11 05:29 AM

Beautiful nature, God is great and I'am speechless

Posted by Theo Oboybal March 8, 11 05:34 AM

This is my HOMELAND, Goma, North Kivu!!!! Thank you guys for showing this to all of us. When I try to explain it to people, it's difficult, now they can see what it looks like, Simply incredible!

Posted by Kankindi March 8, 11 05:50 AM

Incredible ..... Stunning pictures!

Posted by Udayan March 8, 11 06:55 AM

oh for god's sake - you jump on a plane and whip your camera out what are you doing that google maps couldn't do?

Posted by dave March 8, 11 07:12 AM

If there was only a way to capture the heat & energy, it would be magnificient

Posted by John Kurtz March 8, 11 07:48 AM

Brave hearted people ,in quest, of inner mystry of earth. Simply great and thanks for sharing such rare photographs

Posted by samir kumar banerjee March 8, 11 09:17 AM

To the members of this team: Your courage and dedication is a gift to the rest of humanity. My eyes well up at the sight of these pictures. I cannot express my gratitude to you all. You are an inspiration to many and I admire you for your self-less work. Thank you all so very much, we are lucky there are people like you to bring us such a glimpse into our lives, things we could never imagine. Please be well, thank you.

Posted by Jimmy March 8, 11 10:01 AM

These pictures are truly amazing. It shows just how powerful out Earth really is.
Love these photos, hopefully one day I take one that is even in the same class as this.

Posted by Timothy March 8, 11 10:03 AM

Es una cosa maravillosa e increible

Posted by Manuel Medina March 8, 11 10:24 AM

its a great nature

Posted by hary March 8, 11 10:37 AM

Wow. Amazing. I want this on my desktop as wallpapers. Its spectacular.
Is there any high resolution of this that i can download?

Posted by Jayson David March 8, 11 10:53 AM

Absolutely fantastic. Very informative and exciting.

Posted by sosang March 8, 11 11:08 AM

wow did it hurt anyone

Posted by zak March 8, 11 11:33 AM

That's amazing! I mean omg, it's like those guys don't mind being killed. They go so close to the lava lake, they are brave but a bit mad.

Posted by Sam lol Lawrie March 8, 11 11:33 AM

As a geologist I felt particulaly impressed (I would say astonished!) with these photos. I never saw anything so spectacular.
Moreover, I would like to stronghly congratulate on all the members of this scientific team by their intrepidity and skill.

Posted by José M. Santos Oliveira March 8, 11 11:42 AM

Really Fantastic..........))::((

Posted by Anonymous March 8, 11 12:18 PM

Thank you men (and women??) for showing us just another one of God's creations. You have done a magnificent job. How anyone can look at the wonders of this world and deny that there is a God and Creator, is beyond me.
Men, you did a spectacular job---thank you for sharing.

Posted by Margie March 8, 11 01:02 PM

I want this on my desktop as wallpapers. Its spectacular

Posted by salah March 8, 11 02:38 PM


Posted by Alexio March 8, 11 03:23 PM

WOW ! No lava bombs thankfully. What a sight for all of us who will never be there to see it for ourselves

Posted by Dave March 8, 11 05:27 PM


Posted by Anonymous March 8, 11 05:33 PM

So! If we continue to take from the earth ie oil, gas, rock, etc., will all the surface of the earth gradually become what these pictures reveal?

Posted by Anonymous March 8, 11 05:42 PM

Pasaules varenajiem tas būtu jāredz.. ..

Posted by cropcirclesLatvia March 8, 11 06:02 PM


Posted by Anne March 8, 11 07:43 PM

If you have any rings that you don't want, throw them in there

Posted by Rangi March 8, 11 08:10 PM
420., all that I can say!

Posted by Piyachart March 8, 11 09:01 PM

Very Good Photography.

Posted by Rajendra March 8, 11 09:19 PM

Super great photography, amazing sight, true adventurous explorers with the reward of seeing this spectacular sight. I thank them for sharing these photos with those of us that otherwise could only imagine what that volcano would look like .

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Posted by BASKAR March 9, 11 01:22 AM

Seeing this is truely seeing the awesomeness of God..... Thank you to the team that ventured in to bring such beauty to life

Posted by Linda Lee-Boyance March 9, 11 02:01 AM

omg,truly amazing,

Posted by DENA BIGGS. March 9, 11 03:55 AM

These photos are beyond breathtaking. If it weren't for the incredibly brave, and perhaps foolish explorers, those of us sittin' behind our keyboards couldn't enjoy such magnificent wonder. Can you imagine the conversations? "Hey Mark, what did you do this summer?" 'Oh I hiked inside the crater of a 11,000 foot volcano'

Posted by BlogShag March 9, 11 04:20 AM

Amazing! Spectacular shots. Tremendous efforts put in are clearly visible.
I never Imagined that people can actually go so close to lava lake.

Posted by Parag Joshi March 9, 11 04:41 AM

Really a great Effort by the Team who has given a great Snaps.I experienced as am standing near the Magama.. Thanks

Posted by karthic March 9, 11 05:37 AM

Amazing! Spectacular shots. Tremendous efforts put in are clearly visible.
I never Imagined that people can actually go so close to lava lake.

Posted by Parag Joshi March 9, 11 05:50 AM

that's an adventure vertable risk

Posted by César Mwamba March 9, 11 06:30 AM

No God invovled, just nature at its best. What wonderful pictures. You can have wonder and awe at nature without the 'G' word.

Posted by Crowley March 9, 11 09:26 AM

Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Ramone March 9, 11 09:29 AM

I have just returned from Kenya and saw some amazing animals, took many pictures, nothing took nor anything I have ever seen compares with this!

A wonderful Creator God.


Posted by Robert Allen, Sr March 9, 11 10:30 AM

Why not use robotics? They can do the job with less risk, and a lot less MONEY....

Posted by David Hoff March 9, 11 10:35 AM

Those people have to be very brave to do this.

Posted by haley and kelly March 9, 11 12:44 PM

For me its no way less then travelling to mars i suppose it can be even breath taking and dangerous!!!!

Posted by MD MAMUNUR RASHID March 9, 11 04:11 PM

Those who posted this snaps... kudos to u ......Those who had taken these snaps...Hat off.....Those who are part of the team..a dream achieved..Keep going...

Posted by Vijesh March 9, 11 04:15 PM

Boring may be but amazing

Posted by mlalani March 9, 11 06:21 PM

wew jadi atut dech ckckckckckckckck

Posted by kucluk March 9, 11 07:20 PM

I don't have enough words in my vocabulary to describe those picture. All I can say is "God is Awesome."

Posted by Joyce Beharry March 9, 11 07:21 PM

Fantastic pictures, and I'm astonished by the sheer number of religious crackpots frequenting the comments section.

Posted by Jim March 9, 11 08:33 PM

These photos are truly fantastic, and I respect the men and women who work near these volatile places day in and day out. Do we really have to drag religion into this? Can we not just admire the outstanding snapshots of one of the worlds most dangerous and exciting processes..

Posted by Andrew Clark March 9, 11 09:27 PM

Great pictures. This is what e-mail is all about. Every one has a chance to see great happenings!!!

Posted by Myron Parker March 9, 11 10:17 PM

This was obviously made by the great Thor. You can't make these things without a very large hammer.

Posted by Kenneth March 9, 11 10:27 PM

Infernal and diabolical -- my initial reaction upon seeing these excellent photos of the lava lake, which could fairly be said to look like the entrance door to hell. Does the face of the devil appear here?
How strange, then, to read some of the comments suggesting that the face of God appears in these images. One may see what one wants to see, or is in the mood to see.

Posted by Gerry March 9, 11 10:37 PM

Your life are so worth it. You love what you do. I really admire of you all. You gave so much to others. You are one of the kind. Bravery! You all really make this world different. Thank you for sharing this life risky taken researches. Thanks to your family as well.

Posted by Melon March 9, 11 11:27 PM

Wow!!!!!!!!!!! its awesome, mesterious, yet one of the greatest and unimaginable act of man in serach of mother nature's ongoing recreation. A courageous act of man, a greater revelation to us fro God, the creator of the universe, and as it is put it the creation story, " he created all and indeed, it was very good!"

Posted by KEN MUNYUA March 10, 11 12:32 AM

truely amazing pictures :)

More proof that god does not exist.

Posted by Brad March 10, 11 12:55 AM

This gives us a vision of the "lake that burns with fire and brimstone" mentioned in the bible. As wondrous and beautiful as it is to look at in these amazing photographs, think what it would like to have to spend eternity in there!

Posted by William Fritts March 10, 11 01:37 AM


Posted by remaso March 10, 11 04:16 AM

really a good work.

Posted by mamun fahad March 10, 11 05:09 AM

Yup, this is awesome. Well done to the crew who made it down to the valley floor and had the temerity to approach the lava lake. That is perhaps the easy part - I would be a bit worried about going to sleep in those tents what with all that gas floating around. Abseiling in takes a bit of nerve, but the hard part is jugging back up those ropes too, especially when lugging loads of kit. And yes, I am in agreement with Jim - truly astonishing the number of religeous crack pots visiting. The grand unified theory of geology is Plate Tectonics, and it is these processes that drive volcanism and bring us these amazing sites. God is beside the point. Indeed yes, we may as well invoke the power of Thor too - I liked that comment. Awesome images though - so once again well done to the team who did this.

Posted by Jerry the Geologist March 10, 11 06:17 AM

Truly Amazing!! Fabulous pics!! Grt job ever.
Thak God for all His marvellous things!! Hope the 7 are back home safe. Thanks a zillion guys.

Posted by Lydia Edison. March 10, 11 06:32 AM

Oh my god ,no words to say anything.breathtaking amazing photoshoot.

Posted by Rajan Balasubramanian March 10, 11 06:49 AM

Thanks to the guys who took these wonderful pictures. My hat is off to all of you for the work you did to bring them to the world.
These pictures bring back some fond memories. In 1983 I was privileged to visit the big Island of Hawaii. I walked through lava tubes, on hardened lava, and saw films of the eruptions of Kilauea. She had been erupting again that year, and I hoped we'd get to see her in action. In the news recently they showed pictures of her doing her thing again. The beauty of it reminds us to thank God for His wonderful creations, and that we have eyes to see them with. Only He could make something so majestic,and beautiful!

Posted by C. Blaylock March 10, 11 07:51 AM

When I saw the first picture i said WOOOOW

Posted by Georges Thys March 10, 11 12:54 PM

Thank you for these awe-inspiring photos. As arresting as the pictures were, the comments, showing such a diversity of reaction beyond the beauty we all saw, that, in one place, I viewed how different we all are in the way we think through what we see. However, almost universally, we acknowledged the splendor and the force of the lava. Maybe we can build understanding among people on that.

Posted by Nikki D March 10, 11 03:59 PM

Truly magnificent-thanks to the awesom team and their incurable curiosity!

Posted by jacque March 10, 11 04:11 PM

super bacano, felicitaciones.

Posted by jose March 10, 11 06:04 PM

i admire thouse that risk theyr life so we can be educated at their own expence, i,em fasinated to see thise beatiful picture, congratulation
and good lock on your next expetition.

Posted by eddie March 10, 11 06:49 PM

The photos are spectacular. Amazing sight. You men that ventured so close to death are much braver that I could ever be but that only proves you're

Posted by Gabe Calabrese March 10, 11 08:26 PM

these pictures are among the most amazing pictures. i am so greatful to these men for going where i could not.

Posted by jo ann shingleton March 10, 11 11:46 PM

You forgot to mention that they found a local native wandering around at the base camp picking up shiny stones...

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Posted by Sri March 11, 11 11:07 AM

Woaw ...... thanks for these amazing pictures :-o :-o

Posted by Kaïs March 11, 11 12:20 PM

Je suis fier de ma belle terre natale!
De Kisenyi, du lac Kivu où nous habitions, nous pouvions contempler
ce merveilleux spectacle de la grande chaîne de volcans en éruption
au milieu de la profonde et mystérieuse nuit africaine.
De loin, on percevait en même temps le bruit des explosions ...
N'est-ce pas digne de figurer comme huitième merveille du monde?

Mon cher pays bien-aimé ...

Liliane Weber

Posted by Liliane Weber March 11, 11 01:53 PM

Thank you for the pics & your courage. Yes, there is a God (for Dave) and if you have nothing good to say about miraculous things that no man could possibly create, you need to keep it to yourself

Posted by bren March 11, 11 05:01 PM

Amazing Feat and a Job Very Well Done With Awesome Pictures - These Guys are Very Very Talented and Gutsy. I have been to the rim of this volcano quite a few times with Clients when I operated a Safari Company in Uganda. The adjoining Mountain which is also a semi - active Volcano is called Nymalgira

Posted by Tahir Ahmad March 11, 11 08:00 PM

What an amazing and awesome world God created for us with such talented and brave people to explore and photogragh it so the rest of us can also see it.

Posted by Neva March 11, 11 11:03 PM


Posted by Anonymous March 11, 11 11:55 PM

Wow....made me sweat,,,,had to dish up a big bowl of ice cream just to finish looking at the pictures.....Remembered hiking Watkins Glen, and while leaning on railing looking at great Waterfall, four of us had the uncontrollable urge to pee at the water....explained to the two perturbed women in our group: "Hey, it's the power of suggestion...."
What's the opposite of a Sherpa ???

Posted by Willybee March 12, 11 12:16 AM

This is unbelievable! wonders GOD
What can we learn from this and what that has just happened in Japan. We live in the mercies of GOD!

Courageous men!!

Posted by J Mwita March 12, 11 03:46 AM

I build and fire ceramic kilns, 40 years experience. The kiln I'm working with now is a Salt Kiln fired to 2400 degrees F. This kiln is so scary to me when I have it to top temperature it is my wits end to stay with it and keep pushing it to higher temperatures. It is always late at nigh when I am dumping the salt into kiln. So I know what it is like to work with that temperature range plus I soak the salt with metal oxides, like copper carbonate, cobalt carbonate, titanium oxide, uranium oxide,etc, etc. When the salt is tossed in at 2,000 +degrees F. it explodes in the kiln, separating sodium from chlorine in mid air sounding like a shotgun. Chlorine is given off as a very small amount of gas(never has hurt anyone but you don't want to breathe) sodium knits with silica in the clay items to form a glaze totally in mid air as a mist. It is very exciting to pull out test rings from inside the kiln to see what favorable affects re made to the clay. Sometimes areas in the kiln are so hot it melts them completely and there can be internal stacking problems in a kiln 6 ft. high. I do this all entirely by myself and it requires all the bravery I can muster to pull this act off. I turn the kiln off as it is in a reduction firing(extreme cabonization) requiring the primary air in six burners to be cut off completely and dampers to the exhaust closed. Then at the end you open the whole kiln up and let it cool super fast to trap the copper in the pore structure of the glazes which become a ruby red.
I am working in the palm of my hands with what these great explorers are doing in a different scale. I am aware of how scary this massive effort is even with scientific calculations and equipment which I don't have. I feel like I am riding a massive ocean liner with nothing but my naked eyes, sometimes using welders lenses to protect my eyes to guide me. Sometimes the efforts are disastrous and leave me with total losses but sometimes it goes the other way and there are pieces that are worth a few dollars. Nevertheless I risk my life in an effort of art to produce something that nobody has ever seen before. These men go about this totally scientifically but I see the art in their photography and it has been thrilling to address each photo. Thank you very much ! Sincerely Jim Foster, 970-568-7768 of Fort Collins, CO 80524

Posted by Jim Foster March 12, 11 05:34 AM

Two comments for the wonder of our world
The wonder of humans willing to meet God's creative power in all manners of return to our Creator and His gifts.
The wonder of human's technology that I am able to read comments from fellow people across the globe within a few connected to other humans!

Posted by Marty March 12, 11 11:16 AM

Amazing pictures as alway I discovered your site a year ago and can't get enough of it.

UK citizen

Posted by cazzie March 12, 11 03:00 PM


Posted by Anonymous March 12, 11 04:43 PM

GREAT VOLCANIC EXPEDITION !!! [ in honor to Haroun Tazieff ]

Posted by Karsten Berg, geologist March 12, 11 05:26 PM

Preperation was important for this spectaular taking. Only our creator permitted it as they culd all have been lost in the expedition. "Truly remarable".. Perhaps these studies will reveal something of great value considering what Japan just went throught. Thank you alls, & God Bless.

Posted by Chuck Tysiak, lakeside, Az. March 12, 11 05:55 PM

I walked on an over flow of lava in Hawaii on the big island the volcano over flow a week before the lava you could still feel the heat on you feet & look at where a palm tree was the hole still smoking this is much greater on my hats off to the team who done this Great picts.

Posted by Charles Cantwil March 12, 11 06:27 PM

IMPRESSIVE , AMAZING ,,,,, as we watched it feels we are close to it

Posted by raq March 13, 11 12:45 AM

marvelous and breath taking

Posted by danni berkovitz March 13, 11 01:01 AM

Je n'ai pas de mots pour décrire la beauté du spectacle et le courage de ces hommes ! Tout simplement époustouflant !!!!

Posted by Mehaudens March 13, 11 01:28 AM

Very Interesting ,

Posted by Bob March 13, 11 03:32 AM

Brave or foolhardy ? Spectacular photos but was anything discovered which was not known before ?
Is this a religious site ? There is a lot of " Wow ! The wonders of God talk here ", rubbish !
This Earth we live on is just a cooling hot rock, a grain of sand in the vastness of the Universe. Nothing to do with a ' Creator ', just over 14 billion years of time, and EVOLUTION !

Posted by Clive March 13, 11 06:57 AM

Beautiful pictures. Amazing place I can only dream about to ever see

Posted by Ines March 13, 11 07:22 AM

Absolutely amazing. Many thanks to the team brave enough & crazy enough :-) to get these pictures and do this research.
I'm with John (Comment 399)... Isn't there some kind of geothermal rig that could turn some of the heat into electricity? What a wonder it could be for Africa to have a resource like that.

Posted by Jonathan Blaine March 13, 11 10:26 AM

superbes photos faites par des personnes courageuses à l'image de Haroun Tarzieff qui lui aussi était un grand homme ,Félicitations à vous tous

Posted by Tardivel Joelle March 13, 11 04:31 PM

Dessa bilder var otroliga !

Posted by Ingemar Svala, Vermilion, Ohio March 13, 11 08:20 PM

With what is going on in Japan, these Pic's also give me a better understanding of the POWER of Mother Earth !!!

Posted by larry bate March 13, 11 08:35 PM

The Graphic Photographs are Super. They speak a lot on how accurate the Bible & Torah describe the Planet Earth and the Universe.

The Book of Revelation has a lot on what it would be like in the last days in relation to God's Plan.

Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Jeremiah C. Ares March 13, 11 08:55 PM

as soon as the story mentioned the u.n. .... i figured it was all a photo-shop hoax, but a good one nonetheless.

Posted by pete smith March 13, 11 10:37 PM

Great photos indeed. It takes courage and dedication to be at this place, well done guys.

Posted by John Madeira March 14, 11 04:17 AM

Très belles photos, dommage n'ai jamais eu la chance de pouvoir aller voir cela de plus près en ayant vécu pas loin de là.

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Posted by Nivedita March 14, 11 10:05 AM

Truly amazing. What a thrill it must have been to be at the edge of the lake!! Thanks for sharing..........

Posted by barb kirshman March 14, 11 10:18 AM

Speechless...Now thats an ADVENTURE...TRULEY AMAZING !!! The power of GOD ... Beautiful....Thank you for sharing that with all of us...

Posted by Teri March 14, 11 11:27 AM

Clive, I feel very sorry for you. "It isn't God, it's Nature"??? You poor fool. Who do you think CREATED Nature? Where did it come from? What is the First Principle? If it just came from chaos, who created the chaos? It is your type of arrogance that is at the root of the world's conflicts. The refusal of the human ego to recognize the greatness of God's work. Read the Book of Job for a lesson in humility.

Posted by Esther Nelson March 14, 11 02:10 PM

As a photographer, it is only a dream of the imagination how to capture these images in such a dangerous place. I congratulate all the scientists that trained so hard to make this expedition. I could not be brave enough to do this myself and I am in awe of the details and coverage of this volcanic wonder. I am fascinated and have always wondered how close one could get without burning up. All I can say is WOW!!! Brilliant and well done.

Posted by David March 14, 11 03:27 PM

Amazing pictures!

Posted by John March 14, 11 04:22 PM

What a sight????? Kudos to the team who made these visuals available for public viewing!!!!!! I have no words to express my wonder.

Posted by Buddhadev Moulik March 15, 11 01:29 AM

All i can say wow! well done guys it's truly amazing pictures! congratulation.

Posted by Joyanna Aquaquest March 15, 11 02:29 AM

Truly Amazing.. Makes you wanna go there.. right now....

Posted by Darshan Shroff March 15, 11 06:46 AM

wonder full pictures will never seen before great work done by them thanks all

Posted by Anonymous March 15, 11 09:25 AM

Breath holding pictures. Hats off to the expedition crew!

Posted by Dr. S. Tamizharasi March 15, 11 11:25 AM

Thanks for the great efforts!

Posted by Sylvia March 15, 11 03:32 PM

These pictures are absolutely amazing! So humbling. They really put things into perspective. It is SO obvious that Zeus lovingly created these beautiful vistas for humans to enjoy and also see his great power.

Posted by Tango And Cash March 15, 11 06:00 PM

These are so totally CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Samantha Puckett March 15, 11 06:20 PM

Luar biasa

Posted by arif March 16, 11 02:14 AM

Unbelievably Amazing photography, Many thanks to the expeditors for enlightening us with these photos, and for those feeble minded people that are easily led into believing God created this beauty,please tell me who created God if you believe in creation and where was your God when the Tsunamis killed countless innocent human beings in South East Asia and earthquakes in Japan or New Zealand and the floods in Australia ?
The truth of the matter is that Man created God, You are looking at the real God (Nature) when you look at these wonderful photos, this is reality.

Posted by Ernest de Celis March 16, 11 02:50 AM

this is the good ex for nothing is impossible and teamwork no words can be said

Posted by devendra yadhav March 16, 11 04:32 AM

We've seen the members of the expedition team descent, how do they go back up the crater?

Posted by Nick Chalas March 16, 11 06:10 AM

Without the earthquakes & the volcanos this world couldn't exist as it does but with the beauty comes catastrophic consequences and what we have to deal with as travellers on this great planet. God is the Creator, the "I AM" & we should be in awe of the wonders of nature. Let us show compassion to those who suffer when nature does what it has to do to for us to survive. The photography is spectacular & I do hope the expedition wasn't about more exploitation of our Earth. Man is doing more harm than he should -- we all contribute unfortunately.

Posted by Barbara Bishop March 16, 11 07:28 AM

It's a fact, there is no God, it's all an invention to control you. The gaps in your knowledge are filled with all this creation nonsense. Stop worrying about it and enjoy your life.

Posted by steven March 16, 11 09:09 AM


Posted by ally March 16, 11 04:01 PM

Nature's furious magnificence captured very well...

Posted by Ananth Madabhooshi March 17, 11 01:20 AM

Its an amazing thing to be able to see what the earth must have looked like a billion years ago when God was creating and setting things in motion.

Posted by randy J. March 17, 11 03:42 AM

If you look really close you can see the face of Denny Crane

Posted by Doug Christlieb March 17, 11 08:34 AM

Yes, this is NATURE and NATURE HAS IT'S OWN LAW and the LAW OF NATURE IS THE LAW OF GOD if we mess up this world called earth you messed up with GOD'S LAW for reason we should not messed up this world we live in or the LAW OF NATURE WILL TAKE OVER. Admire the beauty of nature and thankful for people who have the guts to venture the wonders of this created world and keep us informed to see what we can't see in our lifetime. Thank you scientist.

Posted by Remy March 17, 11 09:45 AM

Gracias a este grupo de científicos (fotógrafos) que han hecho posible el que participemos de su extraordinaria experiencia. Me pregunto si toda esa fuerza del volcán no se podría utilizar para el bien de la humanidad como desarrollar energía para así evitar plantas nucleares?

Posted by Teresita Bague March 17, 11 09:50 AM

Amazing photos. Thank you for sharing and congratulations guys

Posted by Marianne Vais March 17, 11 09:56 AM

Amazing camerawork by Olivier Grunewald!!!

Posted by Aziz March 17, 11 04:45 PM

This is the power of GOD almighty.
When GOD created a energy source that can produce 1300 plus degrees of temperature constantly for years and no one knows when it will going to cool down.
This is just an small example for humankind to understands the power of GOD and believe in him.
Nonetheless beautiful pictures.
These pictures of nature are as great as the pictures of green valleys and snow covered mountains.

Posted by Prince March 17, 11 11:56 PM

To be in denile of the Creator "GOD", only assures your eternity
in the likes of this infernal hell of fire. Do not continue in your
foolish ways but accept God as he HAS ALWAY BEEN and
WILL CONTINUE TO ALWAYS BE. God was even there during
all the upheavals & catestrophic events of the world. Great photo's
of this expedition & they are much appreciated. Horray for this

Posted by LYNDA HERZOG March 18, 11 12:07 AM

Woderful photos and an amazing job !!

Posted by Silvio March 18, 11 05:55 AM

Time to accept we can NEVER beat nature, no matter how Clever Man is.
Wonderful and sincere thanks to the Team for sharing this

Posted by NMerch March 18, 11 07:04 AM

Absolutely Awesome, Fantastic photography/.

Posted by Gary March 18, 11 07:11 AM

Have we learned nothing from Vader's overconfidence?

Posted by Amidala March 18, 11 09:20 AM

Proof positive that the Invisible Flying Spaghetti Monster truly does exist and created these marvels of nature for man to admire.

Obviously, things like this could not be the simple result of tectonic force, Earth's residual heat, etc. and must be the result of the IFSM touching His creation with His Noodly Appendages.

It's a miracle - learn to accept it as such!

Posted by Pastafarian March 18, 11 10:01 AM

You can believe in god for the good of your soul but tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes are not living things. They are events caused mainly by vast quantities of pressure and chemical reactions. Pictures are superb and well done to the team involved.

Posted by Hazeyfantasy March 18, 11 11:35 AM

Formation of Extrusive igneous rocks at its best... This field work may help Igneous texture analysis and paleo-environment interpretation.

Posted by Mehedi Hasan March 18, 11 01:11 PM

I believe in God but don't believe in religion..its posible you know. Those men that satisfy their curiosity with this courageous exploration are exploring their Godself as well. 56M

Posted by Mark March 18, 11 01:23 PM

I would only do this if a helicopter dropped three radio-controlled winches on the near half of the top rim and three more on the lower rim, and I'd be happy to just send cameras and instruments.

Posted by Anonymous March 18, 11 02:15 PM

superbe! merci beaucoup de partager avec nous votre experience et bravo pour les photos!

Posted by moumoune March 18, 11 05:33 PM

I am in awe of the brave people who do such things. The photos are superb, however, I am in agreement with an earlier comment - could not a robot do this? (no, a robot couldn't really as you can't train it to be creative) However, while I know these courageous people made it back alive I wonder if it's all worth the risk. It's sometimes just too dangerous to play dice with nature.
David Wright March 18/2011

Posted by David Wright March 18, 11 07:11 PM

Brilliant and ballsy work. I apologize for the folks who call them snapshots. I have some idea what it took to get those images and they are way beyond snapshots.
I can imagine the hard work of getting in, and getting out, what I can't imagine is working that close to the lava. Both the heat and potential for sudden deadly gas eruptions make this project one of the most dangerous I have seen. Kudos to the team. Well done.

Posted by Mark Gamba March 18, 11 07:16 PM

There was a time when I didn’t associate God with scenes like this incredible lava lake, feeling that the observation of the awesome force of nature was enough, and indeed it was, yet, now that I know the creator personally I find the observance of such things far more enthralling and enjoyable than before. You may call me a religious crackpot, and that’s okay, I shouldn’t expect anyone who has not climbed the mountain, or stood beside the lava lake to understand what it is like there. Ask the guys who stood by the lake. Seek Jesus, he still may be found.

Posted by Bill Limebrook March 18, 11 10:16 PM

Great pics, reminds me of my work. I pour large castings at a foundry. Our iron is poured at 2440-2590, but is a few hundred degrees hotter inside the furnace before it is tapped out. There is no describing the heat of that place in the summer. I can almost put myself in their shoes.

And on a side note, I see nothing wrong with people relating a natural wonder with their own creator, in whom they believe. People believe what people believe, and ALL people should believe that people should have a RIGHT to their beliefs. Condemning someone for their beliefs because they simply relayed them onto a photo gallery comment section, as so many have done here, is a sign of the hatred and evil stored up in their hearts. I would rather be misguided and have faith in something than spew hatred from my heart because I am lost inside.

Posted by Adam March 19, 11 04:06 AM

"comment 441: Fantastic pictures, and I'm astonished by the sheer number of religious crackpots frequenting the comments section. Jim"

Why so astonished? What astonishes me is the sheer number of people that think that all we see, just magically appeared. Lucky Charms is "magically delicous", but someone had to create it. In reality though, we live in a very complexly designed universe. One that we haven't even seen 1 billionthed of its beauty and power yet. By beginning to understand DNA and its complexities, one would absolutely have to be convinced of a Designer. We live in a world in which entropy takes its toll, daily. Things don't start "basic" and improve. They start new, then deteriorate.

The photos shared here are absolutely wonderful! How cool would it be, to be that close to so much power! I love this kind of stuff. Can't get enough!

Posted by David March 19, 11 06:47 AM


Posted by jeanne March 19, 11 09:44 AM

I certainly appreciate these marvelous pictures and the strength of the crew to retrieve them. I do not believe we will ever, accurately predict what
Mother Nature will do at any specific time. Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, etc., are indeed, wonders of the world.
It seems we can explain how they happen,but not when they will occur far
enough in advance to protect life and property.

Posted by Joe March 19, 11 10:53 AM

@ #124: I've always wondered why we don't utilize volcanos and lava flows as a place to dump our landfill trash. Seems like a no brainer to me.

Posted by kma March 19, 11 11:07 AM


Posted by BOOTS March 19, 11 11:18 AM

Thank you Gentlemen for your courage and curiosity.....and for sharing it with us. What an example of the complexity and beauty of Creation.....however anyone may wish to interpret it. Wonderful!

Posted by Paul RW Anthony March 19, 11 11:24 AM


Posted by Anonymous March 19, 11 11:35 AM

Ez nagyon szuper!

Posted by ildi March 19, 11 11:40 AM

I still am amazed that all we know and see in pictures here, that someone can say this happened by chance and wasn't designed by an intelligent being, ie. God. Time to wake up to reality people as this may be your final resting place in a lake of fire.

Posted by kma March 19, 11 12:13 PM

@ #498: But then again, who created God? Your explanation does not explain anything. It just pushes the mystery one step away.

I guess you accept the idea that something (God) can exist even though it hasn't been created. So why not the universe?

You say "I KNOW where the universe comes from: it has been created by God! But I don't know where God comes from."

I simply say "I don't know where the universe comes from."

And I certainly don't trust people claiming they have that knowledge.

Posted by Vincent March 19, 11 01:56 PM

Maravillosa experiencia visual, mi reconocimiento a esos valientes profesionales y su asombrosa incursiòn en el lugar mas impredecible del planeta... un cràter volcànico activo.

Posted by Aris Muñoz March 19, 11 02:56 PM


Posted by BINOY March 19, 11 04:31 PM

very interesting photos,you don't realise the scale till you see one of the explorers close to the rim. please take your religious arguments to a more suitable page, this argument is spacing out the valid comments on the expedition. 463's comments are made in jest but contain some veiled truth. we have been on this orbiting rock for some time and i think recent generations discount the tenacity of our predecessors, especially in africa.
'history is written by the winners of wars'

Posted by euroignorance March 19, 11 11:44 PM

Great photos of a once in a lifetime experience.

Posted by Bob March 20, 11 01:42 AM

Good pics!!

Posted by KIM March 20, 11 03:04 AM

unbelievable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by astrida March 20, 11 05:08 AM

Thanks a lot for this photos which repersent an original work. Please I need your permission to use this photos in th course of Field Geology in Cairo University, Faculty of Science, Geology departments

Posted by Shawky Mohamed Sakran March 20, 11 07:04 AM

an eye opening experience. i am humbled by these researchers and more by our planet. hope we live long enough to discover more

Posted by diane March 20, 11 10:19 AM

WOW ! AMAZING COURAGE AND KNOWLEDGE, we are so proud of our scientists!

Posted by TAMMY LAMBERT March 20, 11 12:23 PM

All these photos and samples could be made with cameras and containers on radio controlled models. Might be a bid safer.

Posted by george hamilton March 20, 11 09:54 PM


Posted by GEORGE MATOIAN March 21, 11 01:00 AM

Some of us could only dream of an experience like this. Thank You so much for my being able to travel into such an amazing adventure, via your magnificent work.

Posted by Di March 21, 11 03:16 AM

I most definitely would be nowhere near to any volcano; "dead" or alive!!! Thanks to these brave (maybe ???) people we get to enjoy these shots of a highly active volcano. BEAUTIFUL.

Posted by Ming Chew March 21, 11 05:55 AM

ini kuasa ALLAH.SWT

Posted by kiki rachmatullah March 21, 11 07:47 AM


Posted by Anonymous March 21, 11 08:58 AM

Nyiragongo is not far from where Iam born in Kigezi present kabale District in Uganda.The pictures are really facinating.
I can only say that God's creation is so wonderful and God himself is awesome.I salute the brave scientists for an expedition well completed.Thank you you sharing information.


Posted by Alice Banga March 21, 11 10:42 AM

Just awesome and mind expanding:) when nature makes heat and light!

Posted by Pam March 21, 11 11:47 AM

God is good all the time.All the time God is good.

Posted by Walter C Theado Sr. March 21, 11 12:01 PM

Jim Foster,
That sounds like the method the Japanese use to make Raku pottery. We have collected a number of pieces, including two from the artist that had his studio near the active volcano on the big Island of Hawaii.

Posted by Oscar Weingart March 21, 11 01:45 PM

Given the current nuclear problems in Japan, this is the enrgy source we must now turn to. Geothermal power generation and even geothermal home heating must expand if we are to maintain a safe and healthy society. The energy is there...right under our feet. Startling photographs!

Posted by Bryan Gates, Canada March 21, 11 02:21 PM

To respond to WillyBee: The opposite of a sherpa is a coward!

Posted by David Alter March 21, 11 03:30 PM

Clive.....unless you quit badmouthing the God of are going to see your lake of fire..."up close and personal"!~!!

Posted by desert March 21, 11 05:15 PM

WOW-- is really not saying enough. A volcano can demonstrate to us what heat and power is in the core of this planet. These fantastic photographs of the 'lake' are actually wonderful windows for us to look through and see that there really is a molten center in this world.

Posted by John Legg March 21, 11 06:14 PM

God bless those men who bring to us the unbelievable majestic powers of a Volcano in beautiful photographs.

Posted by Jerry R. Williams March 21, 11 07:28 PM

I'm always glad to add a comment about our God of the Universe. Like several others have mentioned, I would have enjoyed these photographs eleven years ago in a totally shallow way. Since I have grown to know God I see how awesome his Creation is, the colors and the reaction of gases to heat are just some of the elements that show His complexity and creativity. I'm reading A.W. Tozer's The Knowledge of the Holy and discovering God's attributes. His explanations would make the lava lake come alive for many and increase your knowledge of our Creator.

Posted by Bonnie L. March 21, 11 09:32 PM

A great task, wish you all the best

Posted by Indika Jeewandara March 22, 11 12:13 AM

It is marvelous.

Posted by Chami March 22, 11 02:20 AM

A picture of someone toasting a marshmallow is missing...
Breath taking pix.

Posted by Chef Alber, The kitchen March 22, 11 06:35 AM

Magnifiques photos et beaucoup de courage grâce aux vulcanologues, qui essayent de nous tenir au courant de l'activité volcanique .
Que la nature est belle attention de ne pas la contrariée, car nous sommes tellement petits devant les éléments déchainés.
Ayons une pensée pour les sinistrés d'HAITI et du JAPON!!!!!


Posted by HAELVOET chantal March 22, 11 10:21 AM

Frequency of vibration - something to contemplate. Every single particle of the physical universe, and then also the unseen by human eyes, the unheard by human ears, the unperceived by human senses. Light waves, all energy in motion. These remarkable photographs give humans further exposure to spectacular elements most humans will never personally encounter. Thanks to these professionals wanting to go for it! Humans tend to want to categorize, classify, analyze ..... Spirit, Matter, Vibration, Thought ........
It is all that which it is, appearing in varied forms. It's all Good! I like it. :-)
Appreciation seems like a nice way to walk through this life.

Posted by YouMa March 22, 11 11:53 AM

Good thing these men have the stamina to take these pictures to shou the world.. Thanks for the pictures..

Posted by Ruby Wright March 22, 11 12:06 PM


Posted by Nora Jean Taylor March 22, 11 12:49 PM

SImply Superb!

Posted by AMITAVA MOOKERJEE March 22, 11 06:14 PM

I admire the guts these guys had to have,
The photos are terrific. However, some of the men in our military live in danger just as great. Even NASCAR drivers know that they could be killed any weekend. Even so, I thank the volcano explorers for the knowledge they gained about the earth and the beautiful photography.

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Posted by Anonymous March 22, 11 11:14 PM

i cant bleve waht i see

Posted by hany March 23, 11 03:53 AM


Posted by RODICA-STEFANIA March 23, 11 09:03 AM

Astonishing but very risky indeed. Thank you for these unbelievable photographs.

Posted by Francis March 23, 11 12:40 PM

This is both spectacular and wild to behold! One could only imagine what it was like up close and personal.
The rim around the 'lake' part is so perfect it, in and of itself is a true wonder, especially with hearing what the temperatures are like down there. It almost looks like someone put it around the hole to contain the lava but I know it was nature made. It just boggles the mind how it can be so hot and how molten rock can roll over it without melting it also. All in all I agree with the majority of you. Beautiful photography, dedicated & ballsy scientist. Thank you all for all you do in the name of scientific research.

Posted by Holly March 23, 11 02:44 PM

This is both spectacular and wild to behold! One could only imagine what it was like up close and personal.
The rim around the 'lake' part is so perfect it, in and of itself is a true wonder, especially with hearing what the temperatures are like down there. It almost looks like someone put it around the hole to contain the lava but I know it was nature made. It just boggles the mind how it can be so hot and how molten rock can roll over it without melting it also. All in all I agree with the majority of you. Beautiful photography, dedicated & ballsy scientist. Thank you all for all you do in the name of scientific research.

Posted by Holly March 23, 11 02:45 PM

This kind of science needs to be shared in the classrooms. Forwarding link to my favorite school teacher. My wife! Superior effort guys! Thank you most kindly.

Posted by Michael March 23, 11 08:33 PM

actually this is amazing........need to look at some others..

Posted by Sumith March 23, 11 11:36 PM

Is a impressionant vision.

Posted by ELI March 24, 11 12:11 AM

Tremendously daring expedition. This natural event shows the frailty and helplessness of human being in front of Gods endless power. Could this be a show of how the hell will be ?

Posted by Faruk Memik March 24, 11 01:46 AM

Great Pics,,,,,,,,but you lot are seriously mad

Posted by Foobs the Elder March 24, 11 08:18 AM

this is my kind of adventure!

Posted by Rich March 24, 11 12:07 PM

Yes, this is breathtaking. A fine example of "Trust" in your fellow man. I hope their wives have taken out good insurance!! Shirley B

Posted by Anonymous March 24, 11 04:29 PM

To see such a wonderful display of awesome beauty and creation of Gods work, and then make a stupid assumption that it all just happened,is like looking into a mirror, and saying wow, I accidently came out looking pretty good. To Whom do I owe my appreciation and thanks for my chance to live in this most awesome universe? { I'm just kidding God. I know it was You.} the proof is out, thank You

Posted by Charles J Pique March 24, 11 04:47 PM

Whatever its name is; G-d, Allah, Buddha or Mohamed, I believe a powerful spiritual force created us all. I honor that source with respect to the Earth, Sun, Moon and all weather because we are here on borrowed time. Thank you for that magnificent display of Earth, Fire and our great fellow humans!!!

Posted by Racy March 24, 11 06:01 PM

Could you PLEASE keep religion out of this?! You are ruining the experience. These are pictures of a friggin volcano, this is not religion 101. Either you like the pictures or you don't, but keep your theological BS to yourself and let the rest of us enjoy.
The denny crane comment was great!

Posted by kai March 24, 11 09:19 PM

There are no words to give this justice,thanks to the team for sharing and risking their lives to do so.makes me feel very humble and in awa of our wonderful priviledge to live on this wonderful earth.

Posted by julia March 24, 11 11:37 PM

Looks like a good place to dump all those used fission fuel rods!

Posted by dard norris March 25, 11 10:54 AM

When people watch award shows on TV, the question about the gowns is, "who designed your dress?". The beauty, or the not-so-beauty, begs to have an identified "creator/designer". For those of us who have faith in the Creator, God, please do not bash our faith. When we see something of this magnitude, it begs to have knowledge of the creator. God was, is and always will be. We, who have faith, believe this because He has given us the grace to believe.

Posted by Jean March 25, 11 10:57 AM

is it just me or is there a "lava man" in pic. 21 thats coming out of the first streem of lava on the left side

Posted by carolann March 25, 11 11:48 AM

Such beauty but the men are so brave to get so close for tests and pictures.

Posted by Claudia Smith/ Lansing Michigan) March 25, 11 12:13 PM

Bravo to the courageous vulcanologists! Respect!

Posted by Mary March 25, 11 12:51 PM

these pic are fantastic!!!
i am so glad i got to see these pic. esp since i would never be a part of traveling there. there are parts of God's handiwork that are awsome--but i am much too chicken to go there.
thanks for showing me this wonderful sight.

Posted by mabel floyd March 25, 11 01:08 PM

What's a retired Earth Science teacher got to lose...take me along!
I have taken students in my Field Studies program to the Pacific Northwest volcanoes. True science is "in the field"!

Posted by Ron Fabich March 25, 11 05:19 PM

Spectacular and beautiful. Nature never stops educating us.

Posted by Jim Booth March 25, 11 05:49 PM

Whether you believe in a Supreme Being (Force) controlling the universe or not, the detractors will have to admit that man is nothing more than a grain of sand in this vast microchasm we call Eternity. I happen to be a believer ( I call him my Heavenly Father) as my little human"bug brain" is incapable of not believing. Thank you Father for all the wonders that you have provided we "bug brains" here on Earth! The pictures are spectacular!!

Posted by Alan March 25, 11 05:57 PM

Subhanallahh.. n_n

Posted by Devita March 25, 11 07:04 PM

It call my attention the fact of apparently even circular form, thanks, antonio clemente h Caracas Venezuela

Posted by antonio clemente h March 25, 11 07:17 PM

These are the most fantastic pictures that I have ever seen, some people may say that those guys were nut to get that close, but how are we ever to learn anything like this except for people like that to take a chance, it helps to understand how this wonderful, beautiful world was created, thanks for there considerate knowledge for the rest of us to see.

Posted by Rodger Peters March 25, 11 10:27 PM

Mother Nature in all Her splendor! Seriously, I have a question for you unimaginative believers in nonsense:
Since WHATEVER it is that exists, is necessarily a part of the Totality - how could a part of it create the entire Whole of existence?

I've waited decades for an answer that is never offered.

Posted by Charles Schisler March 25, 11 11:00 PM

THANK YOU for sharing these incredible photographs with us. Such an awe-filled experience; also awful, dangerous, really. Looking back, I wondered if the participants were grateful they had gone. Was it worth it? AND I wondered if you would be willing to or hope to return?

Posted by Marthajoy Aft March 25, 11 11:41 PM

Fantastic pictures!! Unbelieveable & Nature's wonderful creation, beyond imagination. Thanks for this wonderful forward.

Posted by D.Sundara Siva Rao March 26, 11 08:23 AM


Posted by RB March 26, 11 08:24 AM

Well done from Iddo and Yuval from Israel
Amazing pictures

Posted by Anonymous March 26, 11 12:09 PM

This is probably the most amazing and exciting thing i've seen.
The preparedness for this journey must be mind boggling.

Posted by Bob Natoli March 26, 11 12:56 PM

Creyentes o no- creyentes, si son personas inteligentes, se daran cuenta de que la tierra demuestra su vitalildad mediante los volcanes en erupcion o en actividad constante y que el planeta esta vivo en su nucleo interno por la Gracia de Dios.
Pienso que una forma fisica y parcial de alimentar esa vitalidad se produce mediante la combustion natural de los yacimientos petroliferos que existen bajo la tierra y que el hombre por su'' incultura ''como especie saca a la superficie para envenenarse asimismo y a todos los seres vivientes con su entorno.

Posted by Cesar March 26, 11 02:10 PM

Spectular and thanks to the team and photographers. Be safe guys!
And I do belive in God and worship him and thank him for such amazing creation. I would much rather believe in God and not believe and get the "surprise of my life and end up somewhere like this.

Posted by Barbara Lowe March 26, 11 06:11 PM

The photos are magnificent, the comments reflect the limited abilities of some. Sad that they need to be on the same page.

Kudos to those with limitless unbound curiosities, and those able to simply enjoy them.

Posted by Teresa Masters March 26, 11 08:13 PM


Posted by Felix Chavez March 26, 11 09:01 PM

Nobody made God......God has been and always will be, forever. Its just like time and space have no beginning and no end. You, who wanders who made God think about that. Who do you think gave us the gift to appreciate and love the awsome wanders of His worlld?

Posted by Richard Tolbert March 26, 11 10:32 PM

fantastic pictures of Gods creation ,, that heat must of been stifleing...You had to test your equipment umptintimes , inexcess what you expected.. for life sake .. I gues I will watch your pictures again and again...A picture is worth 1,000 words...

Fantistic The heat must been stifling , I will have to watch your pictures many times .. Keep up the great work....

Posted by David Bean March 26, 11 11:59 PM

Words can't express the wonder of it but the men are mad!!

Posted by Toni Atkinson March 27, 11 08:13 AM

Stunning! Greatest appreciation to these people who unselfishly endangered their lives for the sake of humanity.

Posted by Evelyn March 27, 11 10:57 AM

My new word for this wonderful creation by God "SUPERBTACULAR"
Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Dick Tuaño March 27, 11 04:44 PM


Posted by calindanvillecal March 27, 11 08:35 PM

Every once in awhile God our creator allows mankind arare glimps of His awesome and wonderful works,we should enjoy and thank Him.

Posted by Don March 27, 11 11:05 PM

Bravo to the courageous vulcanologists! Respect!

Posted by Ujjal Ghatak March 28, 11 01:25 AM

Since I read the Revelation in the Holy Bible, I believe and honor with respect to God which create such a Unbelievable Natures.

Posted by Tony Lee March 28, 11 05:52 AM

Magnificent, astonishing, indeed. I hope that Dr Raymond Kurzweil and many of his fellow Singularitarians have the oportunity to view these photos.
Bruce in Concord

Posted by Bruce Bailey March 28, 11 09:49 AM

If I recall my physics lessons correctly the earth's interior would be much cooler at this point in the planet's lifetime were it not for the effects of the naturally occurring continuing radioactivity inside the deep interior.

Posted by Tom Booth. March 28, 11 11:17 AM

DIE NATUR - nichts ist so schoen, so gefaehrlich, so wunderbar und so unverstaendlich wie unsere Mutter Natur. Wir forschen, wir studieren, wir versuchen zu verstehen und doch - sie macht mit uns was sie will!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Uta Esperança March 28, 11 02:22 PM

What to say? I feel so chicken and little in the face of such courageous men who brought this to me. The power that is churning beneath our feet, the knowledge we have yet to gain, is so awe- inspiring, it boggles the mind. It is a reminder that we owe the earth on which we live our very best efforts to respect it.

Posted by Marilyn Daugherty March 28, 11 04:04 PM

Most astnishing pictures I have seen. What a world we live in. More people ought to see these.

Posted by Deedar Sagoo March 28, 11 04:41 PM

The vulcanology, explanation & additional mesmerizing photos may be found in National Geographic (April 2011 issue). Many libraries have it.

Posted by B. Bruce March 28, 11 06:08 PM

bla bla amazing pictures!

Posted by mfgdrrgx March 28, 11 06:32 PM

Truly amazing. Thank you courageous team for sharing this with us. God bless you and your work. Margaret.

Posted by Anonymous March 28, 11 08:57 PM

Other than the stars themselves, these are probably the most common
images in all the universe.

Posted by Matt March 28, 11 10:32 PM

Another frontier documented for prosperity and to improve the ability of man to be better able to try to predict these natural phenomenon! Great pictures and thanks for sharing with all of us!

David M. Bagnoni

Posted by David M. Bagnoni March 29, 11 12:39 AM

Wow &Wow again lets thank the team of photographers for such interesting pictures 7information unbelievable

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Posted by Beth Amparo March 29, 11 03:20 AM

Great Pictures but I think you are nuts to risk your life for what??!!1

Posted by Liz March 29, 11 11:08 AM

I thank God every day for his son Jesus Christ that has born my sins on Calvary so I will not spend eternity in such a place as hot and fiery as that.

Thank you for your risk on bringing this story and pictures to us.
God bless.

Posted by Larry M Pickett March 29, 11 11:09 AM

As a Christian believer, and even if I was an atheist, it would be impossible for me to believe that out of NOTHING the earth, the vast universe, with all the checks and balances that keep things in order, and life itself suddenly came into existence on its own, and was not created by a Supreme Being.
I pray for those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior, those who will have a holday April 1! To our eternal God be the glory.

Posted by PJ March 29, 11 11:31 AM

I've always been fascinated by volcanoes especially living within the ring of fire... Mt. St. Helen's being the closest. Even had ash from her eruption. I have the ultimate respect & gratitude for these Brave pioneers because they bring us such amazing images we would otherwise not see. Lava can be so destructive and yet creates at the same time... A huge thanks to these Brave men... The photos are jaw dropping...!

Posted by gail katz March 29, 11 12:19 PM

I would think curing cancer would be more of a scientific priority than photographing awesome natural wonders, no matter how entertaining.

Posted by Fran Barg March 29, 11 01:20 PM

God really has many ways and means to prove his presence
we really has to acknowledge that unconditional,
Let us ask 4 his mercy

Posted by Ally abubakar March 29, 11 01:35 PM

Seeing these wonderful and amazing images, and knowing what has hapened recently in Christchurch and Japan, you can only be in complete awe of the power of Mother Nature.

Posted by Charles S. Love March 29, 11 03:24 PM

It is completely irresponsible for these men to engage in this kind of risky behavior and it must be stopped. The government needs to intervene and protect people like this from their foolishness. We are continually working to rid the world of risk, but how can we achieve our goal of a risk-free world when people willingly take chances like this just so we can understand volcanos and see pictures? We look forward to the day when we have managed to bring everone's exposure to risk to a level acceptable to the appropriate governing bodies and people like this no longer inspire our young people to go walking around the rims of lava lakes.

Posted by Lâche Soigneux March 29, 11 06:51 PM

A fantastic I know how our planet Earth must have been at that very spot.......and from there came further evolution of the earth and its creatures............S. Baylis

Posted by Shirley Baylis March 29, 11 07:58 PM

The magnificent daring pictures show a tiny sample of our sun.
Most of the light dots in our skies are made of the same stuff.
The same boiling liquid is deep down bellow each of us – with no exception.
We are temporary guests on its fragile cooled down crust.
When the solid crust cracks, breaks or collides, we vulnerable mortal humans have a big problem as recently had Japanese.
If we were just a little smarter than we are, we would turn this energy into electric power stations anywhere on the planet surface. We would not need any more either fossil or nuclear fuel to produce clean electric power.
The explorers showing us the Earth’s guts are heroes.

Posted by tibor spitz March 29, 11 09:28 PM

It is amazing how us humans constantly looking to figure out Creation. Wheather the complexity of the human body, the earth, space etc. If it all
just naturally happened we would have figured it out by now. I am glad God
had made it so interesting. these pictures are amazing and the scientist who went to learn more. we all can learn more about God by reading his word the Bible and apreciate what He has done for us.

Posted by Vic Keshishian March 29, 11 10:21 PM

Thank you for sharing such knowledge with us.

Posted by Michael March 30, 11 12:19 AM

And, God created man in His own image!!! Thank you Heavenly Father for using these men to show us Your handiwork!!! Just beautiful.

Posted by Sally March 30, 11 02:00 AM

There is a smart man who posted comment 601.

Posted by Dominic Hughes March 30, 11 09:59 AM

Re. #653 Sorry, Tibor. I hate to criticize a beautifully poetic comment like yours (seriously, not being a wiseguy), but the stars are mostly burning hydrogen and helium, not molten rock. And if you think the earth isn't dotted with lava-powered geothermal power stations because we're not smart enough - well, no.

Posted by Jer March 30, 11 10:26 AM

We are lucky to have such brave dedicated scientists risking such task
to improve and expand knowlege for the benefit of our education at all
levels.I wish them every success and well being in the future. I enjoyed the pictures to the credit of the photogragher.

Posted by Jyoti Pandya. Kent. England March 30, 11 11:49 AM

Ongelovig , vakmanschap ,bewondering ,om dit voor de Mens ,
te kunnen fotograveren , diepe respect , aan allen ,
hoogachtend . A F van der Veen .
Amsterdam .

Posted by A F van derVeen . March 30, 11 12:00 PM

That's a bold statement by Domonic (657), but what would the consequences be??? (Why haven't they done it?)

Posted by Rick Rudan March 30, 11 12:22 PM

Absolutely amazing photos. Hopefully we can learn how to harness what the earth offers as far as energy - we can't seem to get it right as we only seem to be destroying the earth.

Posted by Sylvia M. March 30, 11 02:41 PM

These are fantastic pictures of the volcanic activity. The scientists that have
endangered their lives to bring us this pictures must be all brave persons, and
not crazy scientists. My deepest respect to all.

Posted by George A. Berberian March 30, 11 02:49 PM

What's with so many people mentioning God in this? It is quite ironic considering that most likely these scientists are non-religious, as scientists seem to be. It's not an assumption of course as I am open to all possibilities; I just wanted to point out some irony there.

And as I have seen time and time again; sad, terrible, and dangerous things have this certain indescribable beauty to them.

Posted by Megan March 30, 11 06:18 PM

And to think I almost deleted this. It is definitely spectacular. I envy this group of men to have the fortitude and money to accomplish such a feat.

Posted by Floyd Tuckness March 30, 11 06:42 PM

could get the same pictures from a helicopter. no risk. same as skydivers and bunji jumpers. NUTS.

Posted by jack c. March 30, 11 07:09 PM

Aren't wonders of GOD'S creation wonderful. I thank the brave men for their effort to gain knowledge. The greatest of which is the fear of our GOD and the knowledge HE created it all. It just didn't happen as some try to believe. What we see daily is beyond just happening from nothing. It took great wisdom to bring it to reality and to our finite minds No matter what a person thinks they know. It is way beyond man kinds understanding. Thank you fellow humans for trying to understand at least some of the complexities. OUR GOD AND LORD ARE SO GREAT. PRAISE HIM ALWAYS.

Posted by R. B. FAULKNER March 30, 11 07:38 PM

As others have said these pictures are so wonderful. Thank you to all those that went on this expedition and were so brave as to get so close. It seems as though it was all successfull. I hope the world will benefit tremendously from all this. God Bless you all.

Posted by Pat Pulsifer March 30, 11 10:28 PM

The intricacy of creation is an endless source of wonder to me. The mindset and calling of those so drawn, despite threat of horrific demise, to explore and investigate that creation is no less a wonder. So much of the knowledge we enjoy and rely on today is the direct result of the endeavors of such brave and adventurous individuals. What interesting folk they must be.

Posted by Pamela Bearce March 30, 11 11:25 PM

Absolutely Amazing Photos. GOD bless.

Posted by Aster Haile michael March 31, 11 06:26 AM

Oh dear! Once again the god-squad are hijacking a wondrous natural phenomenon to argue their case.
The world is beautiful, the universe is beyond comprehension, but the endeavors of scientists are constantly lending understanding to what we observe, just as these brave men have set out to do. Do not devalue the effort by attributing the subjects of their investigations to a figment of human imagination that took root in the mists of time in an age of ignorance.

Posted by Richard Jones March 31, 11 07:55 AM

kayn akhoya walhata wa3r

Posted by badr March 31, 11 10:32 AM

Anyone who says that these magnificant photos are not in corrilation with God or a Higher Power must be totally spiritually bankrupt. Thank you so much to these determined men for providing these most beautiful pictures of our wonderful planet.

Posted by Lee Thompson March 31, 11 11:17 AM

In my opinion! There are no words that I can find to describe the most beautiful pictures of mother nature at work and the wonders that GOD has given us.

Posted by Johnnie Velasquez March 31, 11 11:59 AM

What can one say about this natural wonder, except: Amazing, Powerful, Beautiful, Awe-Inspiring, Miraculous, Breathtaking and Incredible! Thanks to those who risked their lives to do the research and take these wonderful photos for all to enjoy and appreciate.

Posted by Jan R. March 31, 11 01:38 PM

No matter how long one lives and no matter how much you read, it is impossible to see all the world has to offer. Even with the modern technology available, it is only through the willingness and curiosity of these men that we armchair travelers get to see these wonders in the comforts of our living rooms while they risk their lives. My heartfelt thanks and wishes for safe journeys go out to them.

Posted by Mrs. Jackie Sampere March 31, 11 01:46 PM

GOD Bless you guys for this impressive Volcanic Activity Study. I wish my Geology Professor, Dr. Aldach, was still with us, as he was so informative about our Earth's Synclinal and Anticlinal Mountaunous Ranges, here in Eastern PA-USA. There's nothing so intriging as the study of our ever-changing Planet.

Posted by Gerry Glendenning March 31, 11 03:53 PM

I'm just chuckling at two of these comments:

"Could you PLEASE keep religion out of this?! You are ruining the experience. These are pictures of a friggin volcano, this is not religion 101."

Keep religion out of the experience? This person, who either never grew up, or who lost his heart in the process of trying to, obviously doesn't get it. Guess what: they're NOT just photographs. The "religion" is being evoked precisely BECAUSE of the "experience."

If people are being stirred to speak powerfully, and see things that evoke their beliefs, that's understandable because healthy, normal human beings who live from the heart DO EXACTLY THAT when faced with awesome displays of beauty. What this person needs to do is to be taken through an initiatory rite-of-passage where they are reawakened to the power of experience in order to become fully human. Maybe a wilderness adventure of self-discovery... maybe one with a volcano.

"It is completely irresponsible for these men to engage in this kind of risky behavior and it must be stopped. The government needs to intervene and protect people like this from their foolishness."

This comment is laughable. Typical busybody thinking, we need a 'nanny-state' to protect us from dangerous scientific discovery. Get rid of mountain climbing, scuba diving, and every other pursuit that gives joy and meaning to life. That way, we'll live longer, safely nestled inside our dull and pointless little lives, trading adventure and discovery and inspiration for safety and security and "risk reduction." And of course trusting in the omniscient power of the state to do our thinking for us, which is much easier now that we're no longer asking any searching questions that demand meaningful answers.

No, what we need to do is to accept that we live in a world of risk, and that often in risk there is beauty... even majesty. We do not need an authoritarian mommy smacking our hands when we dare brave things, nor do we need darkened opinions like this one cluttering up the beauty of the moment.

Reach for the stars, guys, and keep on doing exactly what you're doing.


ps. Ironically, I used to be a disaster researcher, and now work in health & safety. I deal with RISK. LOL

Posted by PKS March 31, 11 05:04 PM

Hmm...the first picture reminds me of a very bad night following a Taco-Bell splurge.

Posted by ron March 31, 11 08:46 PM

Breath taking!

Posted by J Straight March 31, 11 11:41 PM

Sunt extraordinare,natura este suverana ,vrea sa te lase sau sa te distruga,poate oricind oriunde te-ai afla ,
Cei ce se incumeta sa ne faca aceste poze ,sint niste oameni foarte curajosi ,cinste lor.

Posted by stanescu ion April 1, 11 02:35 AM

why comment
enjoy, fear, connect, disconnect
to each his own mystery

Posted by naomi miller April 1, 11 10:47 AM

I imagine it is only a question of time until somebody tries to surfboard on this lake. Just beyond the derring-do exhibited by these folks are those who will truly show why this planet is doomed by its human inhabitants.

Posted by Jay Greene April 1, 11 10:54 AM

With regard to comment 678: "Thank you Jesus!" AMEN.

Posted by Jimbo-G April 1, 11 12:19 PM

Mind blowing sights captured by dedicated gutsy researchers.
Don't you wonder what the temperatures ranges between the molten lava and the gas surges would be .
A good reminder of long-ago promises made by someone who knows.
The middle of this is what I expect the the nether world would be like, which I hope, none of us will ever have to see or experience.

Posted by frank also April 1, 11 01:16 PM

Many thanks to these people for having the courage to approach such a beast, to show it to us!

Posted by Carmen Cimpian April 1, 11 02:12 PM

One could power one huge elect. generation plant with all of the heat from this.

Posted by David April 1, 11 03:04 PM

Anyone who compares this to what God has created to make you suffer for ANYTHING is an idiot. If we are created by God, than we are part of God. He/She would be condeming Herself/Himself. That's what the freaking religionest tell you in order to control you. Get a brain. If God made us from Himself/Herself, we are Gods children and Devine Beings. The Bible was written by men in skirts.

Posted by 32Rockie32 April 1, 11 06:38 PM

Re: Disposal of spent nuclear fuel rods in the volcano. Not a good idea. The lava is coming OUT of the ground, and dumping radioactive rods (which would melt) into the lava just means that the next overflow will be radioactive. A better idea? Dump the fuel rods (encased), into a hole at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. In time, the subduction there will carry the (eventually molten) material into the mantle. Which, by the way, gets much of its heat from radioactive breakdown. It should be noted that, should that heat ever stop, the mantle and core will solidify, the earth's magnetic field will disappear, and the planet will end up a cold, dry, nearly airless desert. Just like Mars.

Posted by Spock April 1, 11 09:04 PM

Well, I know I will never go there and see it with my own eyes, so I am glad these people dared the descent and took these beautiful pictures and posted them on Facebook for the whole world to see! Thank you!

Posted by Isabella Zuralski April 1, 11 11:45 PM

First off, to the ones who refer to comments regarding God and put Him in the catagory of "religion", you have NO IDEA WHAT OR WHO YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!! First of all, God is NOT A RELIGION, HE IS A RELATIONSHIP THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST! Get that straight. Religions are man made and out of control unfortunately.
Second, God is THEEEE Creator and Designer of all, not that woman, "Mother Nature", whoever the blank she is. And third, you disbelieving idiots who think you "know it all" would not even be here if it wasn't for God!!
So, wise up! And if you don't, then it's by YOUR choice, so go your way. You have NO IDEA Who you are dealing with. It's by His grace, love and mercy that He doesn't blow you off the face of the globe. Maybe you'd be better off finding out what He is all about as there's a "NON RELIGIOUS" Book out there that tell all about Him. In fact, it's still history's record breaking best seller over all the centuries., even up till today. It's called . . .THE BIBLE. You who think you are so smart might want to read it before you knock God!

Posted by Bobbie Chalekian April 1, 11 11:46 PM

These would be great to show an Earth Science class.
The pictures are awesome.

Posted by Anthony L. Milano April 2, 11 12:21 AM

It's on my bucket list - obviously not the rim. Is it possible for the average tourist to visit?

Posted by Eileen Engber April 2, 11 08:23 AM

And to think that some people believe the earth is hollow, an internal paradise! More like Hell !!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 11 10:20 AM

Being from Uganda, I love the nature God created in that country.
There is too much to see, if one likes natrue.

Posted by Munira Fazel April 2, 11 01:22 PM

Very awe-inspiring. However, I would not care to venture into the crater just to snap good photos while risking one's life. A good telephoto lens could be used instead of close proximity.

God is the perpetrated myth of all times against an animal species (man) who, tho intelligent, can't see through the myth. Just think of the varieties of the god-myth - hundreds!!! No wonder the species let's itself over-populate, pollute this wonderful earth, and so on.

Posted by Connie April 2, 11 01:49 PM

I don't have the words to express my feelings while viewing these extraordinary photos. Thank you to all those who contributed to this gigantic task, from beginning to the present and into the future.

Posted by Gloria April 2, 11 02:54 PM

Y'can't keep those volcanologists away from this stuff!

Posted by Barbara Landi April 2, 11 03:58 PM

These pictures are an awesome display of nature at its best! It most definitely is a humbling yet magnificent display of energy. It's unfortunate that there are individuals who are not being respectful of others that want to simply enjoy these pictures and comment accordingly. Whether you believe in God or not is your business. Please respect other people on here to keep your beliefs to yourself. My spirituality is my business, and doesn't give me the right to advertise any religious beliefs (especially when you put others down who don't see the world your way). And be respectful that there are other spiritual beliefs other than christianity that are present here. Just allow people to enjoy these magnificent pictures in their own way, and not spoiling it with advertising and put downs.
Thank you,

Posted by Mike April 2, 11 05:12 PM

Thanks team. You are very brave and couragist. It is something most people would never have seen if it wasn't for you.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 11 06:11 PM

FANTASTIC! What an awesome sight for these old eyes of mine. I can't go see this place but I can enjoy the beautiful photography.

Posted by Theresa Shanoha (77 years young) April 2, 11 07:03 PM

As well as everything else about these pictures, I find it amazing that the opening is so perfectly round. I appears to be a perfect circle.

Posted by the dog April 2, 11 08:28 PM

The risk is not worth it! Pictures are wonderful,but the are not worth loosing your life over.

Posted by John April 2, 11 08:47 PM

Not sure about "Lava Man" but I think it the "Lava Ness Monster" in the middle!

Posted by bike boy April 2, 11 09:27 PM

What the hey? Is there some connection to religion/creation I not seeing here? Novel photos, yes. But in the scale of things just a jar in a lab, against our sun and the stars.
Mo Veillard

Posted by Mo Veillard April 2, 11 09:30 PM

The inner earth is just as amazing as outer space. Spectacular photos.

Posted by Helen April 3, 11 02:30 AM

Magnificent photography. I am a bit confused as to the continuing need to spend UN dollars monitoring this natural wonder from a close proximity. In this age of magic technological marvels the same results could be achieved from a safe distance and at a greatly reduced cost if there is any need to monitor it all. Satellite imagery would reveal a potential eruption and there isn't anything in close proximity to it that would be harmed anyhow. Loved the viewing....only the French would risk their necks in an endeavor such as this.

Posted by Robert J. McCormick April 3, 11 09:05 AM


Posted by CASSANDRA April 3, 11 10:13 AM

First off, thank you, Mike (comment 699, 4/2/2011) for your viewpoint of religions & belief in God & how everyone sees the world in their own way. I am Catholic, but I have always believed to let people have their own beliefs. Let them all believe in whichever God or gods they want, but keep it to yourselves. Again, thank you, Mike.
Second, these pictures are AMAZING! ASTOUNDING!! AWESOME!! And VERY COOL! I have great respect for people who do this. I, myself could never do anything like this because I can't stand the heat. But I "give props" to all who can & DO do this. Good show, scientists & everyone else who went on this expedition! Good show!! Thank you all.

Posted by James McD April 3, 11 10:30 AM

National Geographic is doing a special presentation on this on Thursday April 7, 2011 at 10 pm eastern.

Posted by Bruce April 3, 11 12:17 PM

These beautiful photos are supreme..Thank you to those wise couragous scientists/photographers who have so much immagination to bring it up close to those of us that will never see it in real life.
My hat is off to you all . Barb 82 yrs. old

Posted by Barbara March April 3, 11 01:40 PM

Fantastic. God's work is a wonder to behold! Why do some want to keep religion out of it? Are they afraid of believing? Our very finger prints, foot prints, hair on our head and our DNA is so indivivual, how can anyone any longer believe there is NO GOD> Woe unto them. I pray their spiritual self wakes up before their last breath.

Posted by April 3, 11 02:01 PM

Fantastic--These are truly brave men. The world needs to know as much as it can about this volcano and any other volcano. Thanks to George for sending it on to me.

Posted by Joe Cappella April 3, 11 03:37 PM

What has this got to do with God? God kills en mass (Japanese and Indonesian Tsunami, Haiti earthquake, etc), God neglects (millions suffer each day due to His lack of intervention), God destroys (cancer reaks untold destruction on the lives of millions around the world). You God-fearers see a big lake of bubbling, orange lava and are awestuck like children. Get with the program and stop living with your heads in some fantasy dream world. Independently evolved religions around the world preach basically the same message, proving that God does not exist, but rather mankind's ability to invent God in the absence of any explanation is a true human trait. Science is moving forward in great leaps, and soon all religious bunkum will be confined to the history books.

Posted by Clark April 3, 11 03:55 PM

My heart sings at the obvious joy these scientists shared with the world. It's easy to see that what they experienced transcended science exploration. They seemed, even with the danger and the work, they were in total awe and having the times of their lives! Kudos to those who follow their passion!

Posted by nyclady April 3, 11 05:57 PM

During the activity of the eruptions in Hawaii in the 70's I had the privilage of flying over several of them & walking on some (after they had cooled, of course). It was an experience I will always remember.

Thanks for bringing the memories back.



Posted by Bill Gorger April 3, 11 06:32 PM

this is freakin awesome....

Posted by Jonathan Bingayan April 3, 11 07:28 PM

Merci pour ces belle photos...

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 11 08:56 PM

Mother Nature in all Her splendor! Seriously, I have a question for you unimaginative believers in nonsense:
Since WHATEVER it is that exists, is necessarily a part of the Totality - how could a part of it create the entire Whole of existence?
I've waited decades for an answer that is never offered.
Posted by Charles Schisler March 25, 2011 11:00 PM

In reply to your question above. Your question is too vague to give an answer to. Can you be more specific. Please define "unimaginative believers in nonsense". I am not sure as to what frame of reference you are talking about.

Posted by Duke April 3, 11 09:10 PM

Waw.. its really huge... Look at picture no 20 and 21... Amazing

Posted by Ades April 3, 11 09:30 PM

Wow it seems crazy that some scientific pictures could make so many idiots talk about god... Such sad lives you kead

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 11 10:06 PM

in the sheer physical enormity of nature , man is only a mere spectator.

Posted by subramanian April 4, 11 02:43 AM

Quote: It is completely irresponsible for these men to engage in this kind of risky behavior and it must be stopped. The government needs to intervene and protect people like this from their foolishness. We are continually working to rid the world of risk, but how can we achieve our goal of a risk-free world when people willingly take chances like this just so we can understand volcanos and see pictures? We look forward to the day when we have managed to bring everone's exposure to risk to a level acceptable to the appropriate governing bodies and people like this no longer inspire our young people to go walking around the rims of lava lakes."

I cannot believe this comment - these men were not irresponsible kids or merely tourists, they were serious scientists with laudable objectives. That they made some incredible photos at the same time is our good fortune. And the idea of the Government deciding what and where we could go is abhorrent to me.

Posted by Alan Kierkut April 4, 11 07:58 AM

These are some of the most awesome photographs I have ever seen! Many thanks to the scientists and photographers who were brave enough to explore this volcano and attempt to to gather valuable information about its activities and potential for eruption. This pro-active effort may help to give enough warning to the nearby populations to evacute if the volcano is ready to erupt. Many lives may be saved by the brave efforts of these explorers. Bless them all. Linda Coffman,

Posted by Linda Coffman April 4, 11 10:10 AM

Simply amazing, breath taking, outstanding pictures! Being an amateur photographer, would jump at the chance to capture this fantastic spectacle with my assortment of lenses, especially the fish-eye lens. I commend these individuals for their tenacity and perserverence with accomplishing this daring expedition so that other individuals could experience this rareity.

Posted by Eugene Jacques April 4, 11 11:26 AM

Make sure these government morons sign a disclosure so that when they get torched, as they invariably will, we don't end up paying survivors "hero" benefits. Aerial drones and long range IR, mass spec, and other scanning photography are plenty UNLESS you want to be an internet sensation!

Posted by DennyD April 4, 11 11:40 AM

Thia awsume to see such great pictures of one great display of natures power and beauty. Posted by Harold Banks April 4, 2011

Posted by Harold Banks April 4, 11 02:40 PM

My 1st graders are amazed! They enjoyed the photographs. Thank you for sharing & for the courage to do this work.

Posted by L. Pulido April 4, 11 03:27 PM


Posted by BOBBIELAWRENCE April 4, 11 04:23 PM

these images are shocking, unimaginably beautiful! i shall save this and study them many times over!! these men are risk takers yes! and i applaud them their courage so i might sit in the comfort of my home and enjoy such magnificense

Posted by beverly parker April 4, 11 04:41 PM

The men who did this exploration and awesomel photographs were trying to gather information to help determine, if possible, when another great eruption would occur. If it can be determined, it will be possible to save many lives.

Posted by Sherman Robinson April 4, 11 06:20 PM

Come close,that close to experience the fury of fire and natureis beyond rest of us.Thanks to those who ventured and and witness this swirling fury and brought for us to view.

Posted by Indu Patel April 4, 11 06:36 PM

#699 Mike- I'm with you, leave religion out of it . Every one gets what they interpret from these fasinating photos. But... doesn't it at least make you think?

Posted by maggie April 4, 11 09:13 PM

Just plain Fascinating!

Posted by Doug Morrison April 4, 11 10:30 PM

I think I will stick to my C-Pac for my gas mask, These are awesome Pics and many thanks for them. Barnez

Posted by Art Barnes April 4, 11 11:47 PM

Great photos !! Kudos to the team who trained and successfully and safely carried out this mission and shared the results with the rest of the world... attaboys to all !!

Posted by Bill Charvat April 5, 11 12:27 AM

Thank you.

Posted by Scott Hovey April 5, 11 02:45 AM

That's like flying to the sun to study it. I think they were more into the adventure than the science. What can you really learn from that other than. Its hot and if it erupts and you are close you will die. Nice pictures though. I'm clad they risks there lifes so we can enjoy them.

Posted by hot lava April 5, 11 06:48 AM

Thanks PKS, 678. Love the protect us comment.

Posted by TC April 5, 11 09:40 AM

I think everyone understands that all the data collected by these men could have easily been gathered by the use of the high tech spy and survey equipment in use today by the military and scientific people. A satelite could have taken the same pictures. The men who made this expedition are the same men that explored the world decades ago, whose bones littered the ocean floors all over the world. They simply had to see what was on the other side of the seas. The equipment exists to explore outer space and seven miles deep into the ocean. The obvious reason for them to go down into the crater was because they could and it was there. Period.

Posted by Hal Hildebrecht April 5, 11 12:00 PM

O My God, It is amazing, Hats off to eantire team. They have put their life into most dangerous risk. more adventure than the sicnece. and the photo are still great. Hatts off to the Members of team. May God Bless them with more sicentific work in future.

From K.Ramagopal- advocate from India

Posted by K.RAMAGOPAL April 5, 11 12:02 PM

Bravo ceci est magnifique et extraordinaire.Félicitations pour ce courage,et ainsi de réaliser un si beau reportage dans ce pays
que j'ai beaucoup aimé.

Posted by MONTI April 5, 11 12:46 PM

Needs a lot of guts to get so close to the lava lake.
Congratulations to the whole team.

Posted by Gerhard Buchstatter April 5, 11 02:25 PM

To #651 Rid the world of risks? What a horrible thought!

Posted by Martha Gunnoe April 5, 11 06:00 PM

Fantabulous!!! Treat to see!!! To all who debate Religion I would like to say I would rather live my life as there is an ALMIGHTY GOD and die to find out there is none (As all of us will one day) Than to die and find myself in the pit of one of these pictures finding out there is A ONE TRUE GOD.

Posted by Wilma April 5, 11 06:30 PM

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You have given us a wonderful view of this great speck of the cosmos. Thanks again!

Posted by Robert Mendel April 5, 11 07:44 PM

NOW...So called scientist around the worldm Shut TFU with the "humans are causing ozone depletion" and go start using the money the tax payers pay you to do something worth while!!!!!

Posted by jdno3 April 5, 11 07:49 PM

The mother in me feels a strong urge to grab each member by the hand, and yank everyone to safety. The pictures are beautiful and awsome, but the pain of an accident would be unbearable.

Posted by Evelyn Newman April 5, 11 08:15 PM

Could this be the lake of fire my Lord tells us about in his word ? Come Jesus come soon !

Posted by Joyce April 5, 11 09:37 PM

Thank the courageous and forward-thinking scientists who sought to explore this beautiful planet and bring such auesome photos to a land-locked audience, so that we can revel in the splendor that Our Father created for mankind to ffind and share. I don't know of anyone else who could have created such a sight than Our Lord,. for mankind could never duplicate such images.

Posted by Margot Dorwin April 5, 11 09:50 PM

If these brave people with their searching mind have said a prayer while descending the crater it could have been to these effects:

" O God, guide me, protect me, illumine the lamp of my heart and me a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful."_ Abdu'l-Baha

For in my opinion all those who search for truth in our universe are guided by God, their heart is illumined and they
are walking the path to become shining stars in the field of humanity's quest for knowledge.

Posted by Behrooz April 5, 11 10:27 PM


Posted by Austin Cabral April 5, 11 11:09 PM

Now that's what I call a Camp Fire (Hope they brought Marshmallows)

Posted by Wise Guy April 6, 11 12:57 AM

Thank you to the brave and daring scientists who risked their lives in trying to establish more facts about volcanoes. While this feat is laudable but still remember guys that we are only up to what God has provided us - these forms of beauty cum beasts, for us to admire and prepare from in times when it starts to burst its natural creation (eruption). God should be thanked that He created these volcanoes to remind us that He is still Lord of all creations and that we must be aware of what He can do and still do for humans - whether to give us beautiful sights or give us monsters to cut our pride and prejudices against humans and natural creations in our environment. For the Godless-start introspecting-maybe try a swim in the lake of lava and tell us...who has the power to continue or put a halt to these extra-natural forces of nature? You?

Posted by Gen April 6, 11 02:48 AM

People of India cannot see such great things as Indian sub-continent does not have volcanic activities. We have many hot springs near Mumbai as also at 10000 ft. in Himalaya (place called Badrinath). Even that is a wonder for us.
These photographs of Nyiragongo were simply great.

Posted by RC Pant April 6, 11 02:49 AM

Awesome! God is indeed is the creator of the universe. thanks for sharing this photos

Posted by Francisca D. Sagisi April 6, 11 05:37 AM

To all you risk takers, How about setting up bungee jumps with helmet cams. That would be cool, ya?

Posted by Barley April 6, 11 09:45 AM

If this is what the center of our earth looks like..........does that mean that eventually we are all going to be blown to smithereens? What has recently happened in Japan could be a all of us...that we could be next. So everyone get your house in order.... "we are the world.!"

Posted by mlb April 6, 11 10:05 AM

Absolsutely mind boggling. The stern beauty is terrifying. I am constantly amazed at the courage+madness of some people. But i am glad that there are such men who can enlighten us pedestrain folks and share their fantastic exteriences.
Thanks a million.

Posted by Pu-Chin Waide April 6, 11 10:28 AM

So....the 'god' that made this awesome display is responsible then for the destruction of towns and cities and the deaths of thousands when god decides to put on a spectacular show. Way to go GOD!!!!
ps...not afraid to believe -was a fervent 'believer' when younger. The world and all I've seen has just taught me that there isn't any 'god' up there controlling things. Yahweh or Zeus, it's all superstition and just a comfort for the weak minded.

Posted by Ed April 6, 11 02:18 PM

Wow! Talk about humbling.
I feel so small, so vulnerable just looking at it.
(If I wasn't religious before, I am now.)

Posted by M April 6, 11 02:30 PM

The Human curiosity has been again the engine for the Group to take the Risk . I hope that many more scientists will follow such amaizing experiences , in the search for a better and safety world .

Posted by Leonardo April 6, 11 02:40 PM

613 & 719
Whose totality, mankind's? God has never been a subset of man's logical "totality".

A goldfish confined to a fishbowl sees a man walking about outside the bowl. A valid logical conclusion that the goldfish could make is that a man traveling in a straight line he would eventually be stopped by a glass wall. Logic is the path to physical world truth. No matter how elegantly constructed, any religious logic has to start with a faith based axiom of an "Initial Cause". There is no correlationship between faith and IQ or "spriitual goodness" for that matter.

Two of my favorite answers to trick questions are "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's..." and "There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

On topic: Once again, it is so uplifting find that there is no end to new.

Cheers to all, regardless...

Posted by Conrad C Reynolds April 6, 11 03:31 PM

Almighty Allah Bless all team for such a wonderful, brave and exiting work.

Posted by Mian Masood ul Hassan April 6, 11 05:04 PM

I'm having a hard time figuring out how these awesome photos were turned into a debate over religion.... it never ceases to amaze me. I know God and he is in my heart and soul, there is no need to come here and utilize this forum to exponentiate support for him, there is a time and place for that. Post # 691 from Bobbie Chalekian obviously needs to make more time in practicing his personal relationship with Jesus, and show compassion towards others, rather than blasting them... who whether they believe or not are loved just the same. It's people like him who brand "Christians" with bad names, and do not follow the very principle to which Jesus wishes us to live. The biggest shame are those who follow God with their eyes closed and their ears shut! Recant your stinging words make amends and show a caring heart for # 714 (Clark) with a loving heart.

AWESOME photos by the way! =).

Posted by Scott April 6, 11 05:31 PM

Living in the Azores Island, i can relate and understand the risk. My respect.

Posted by Bettencourt April 6, 11 06:52 PM

The species wants answers. Science develops the information through many means to provide answers. We have some, we seek more, and there is so much more to learn by research and exploration. To discount the work of those willing to ask the questions of "why" and "how" to attribte it to some make believe entity is to fail to understand that book written so long ago was also an attempt at answers by persons of that time when tools of science did not exist, and there was no foundation of knowledge to build upon beyond the stories told. Religion civilized the species and has run its useful course in history. Religion did not get us today's tehnology or to the moon. Enjoy the pictures and skip the preaching. Only two species practice war, man and ants. The geologic record demonstrates each species will in time become extinct, us included. We are in the process of slowly poisoning ourselves into extinction with chemicals and radiation. We might speed the process with nucleor weapons. Thank god for Atheism...


Posted by WSL April 6, 11 08:31 PM

Scotty (#765). Here's a lesson in inate behaviour for you. We develop in the womb - all is provided for by a greater being - food, warmth, safety. We are then born into a world surrounded by beings greater than us, providing the same thingsl. The time to stand up and think for ourselves comes as we become adults. Some of us are able to understand this is when the mothering and suckling ceases. Others, like yourself, are happy to invent a new being in the absence of any provider in order to live a life where the comfortable feeling of protection and provision continues. There is no omnipresent being that you had from your first moment of conception. It is a habit that you are in, looking to someone higher for approval and provision. The true human experience is gained when you truely open your eyes and ears to the universe around you, without the need to pay hommage to any of the many greater beings that independent civilizations have concocted. On that point, the fact that independent religions evolved from independent civilizations proves that God does not exist, and proves that God is a human invention designed by the leaders of society to keep the rest of the community in control. It's similar to leaving a camera watching a classroom of unsupervised students - if the camera is not there, the kids run amok. If they know the camera is there, they are well behaved. Take the batteries out of the camera, without telling the kids, and they will still behave - it's alll an illusion. If you want to truely know God, Scotty, study mathematics til your eyes bleed. Maths truely is the overseer of the universe.

Posted by Clark April 6, 11 08:58 PM

Praise god for this volcano indeed, but should we praise Vulcan,Agni,Pele or Lugh? Or more accuratly perhaps the local volcano spirit of Nyiragongo?
I doubt the god of middle America hs much to do with African volcanoes, he is likley too busy giving Sarah Palin prophetic dreams.....

"When you can explain to me why you have rejected all the other Gods sir, you will understand why I have rejected yours"

Posted by Ian April 6, 11 09:46 PM

So....the 'god' that made this awesome display is responsible then for the destruction of towns and cities and the deaths of thousands when god decides to put on a spectacular show. Way to go GOD!!!!
ps...not afraid to believe -was a fervent 'believer' when younger. The world and all I've seen has just taught me that there isn't any 'god' up there controlling things. Yahweh or Zeus, it's all superstition and just a comfort for the weak minded.

Posted by Ed April 6, 11 10:13 PM

I would have been more impressed if they had done this stunt barefoot !

Posted by simon April 7, 11 06:43 AM

These photos are out standing and this is the work or God. God bless all. the non belivers of God and hopefull they will become belivers, see the beauty of what God has created.

Posted by ROBERT HARTLEY April 7, 11 07:14 AM

It is no more beautiful than the volcano on the big island of Hawaii!

Posted by PF April 7, 11 09:37 AM

It is no more beautiful than the volcano on the big island of Hawaii!

Posted by PF April 7, 11 09:37 AM

Stupid people. Waste of time and money.

Posted by Michael April 7, 11 12:18 PM

The pictures are awesome. What brave and adventurous men. As for the comments against a God, I fail to understand why these agnostics or aetheists have so much anger against people who believe. It should be a non-issue for them. Maybe they should write a book on all the wonders of the world and how they came about scientifically--maybe one similar to the Bible for which many believing Christians and jews base their beliefs and assumptions,

Posted by Adele Meny April 7, 11 12:38 PM

The photos were amazing! I will be at the TV at 10 pm tonight to watch the National Geographic station and see all about this. Science was never "my thing" but I am fascinated by what Scientist do and what they learn and can teach us.

I was raised by my Grandparents - an English lady and a Scotsman. I was raised to practice and be active in my religion; but, NEVER to discuss it or try to interest anyone else in it. Good manners or death was a watch phrase. Religion and Politics were forbidden topics. Somehow, my life runs better and smoother if I am in Church every Sunday. If I have a major problem in my life, by the third hymn, it all falls into place and I am ready to handle it all and for the week ahead.

I was shocked by the "religious" takes in the comments - some of them I have no idea what they were saying and all of it seemed mean-spirited at best.

I do thank the team for having the fortitude, experience and skill to get there, take the pictures, get back safely, post them and explain them. I love to learn something new and I never knew that was where the center of the earth is! Thank you again!

Lindsey A. Cyr

Posted by Lindsey A. Cyr April 7, 11 02:52 PM

Commenting on the idiots who make stupid statements like "Please, keep God out of it" and The government aught to stop these foolish risktakers", Ignore them. By you commenting, it only feeds there insecurity. There will always be idiots and foolish people. By letting their comments get to you is exactly what they want. Ignore them and they will go away when they realize that no one really cares. Kind of like not giving attention to a child when they are throwing a tantrum.

Posted by otis April 7, 11 03:34 PM

If only those people who constatly try to prove there is no God, rather than embracing God's loving care for those who Believe, would get on board what a wonderful world this could be. I agree with the person who stated he would,rather believe there is a God and find out when he dies there is not than to not belive in God and die to find that there is one.

Posted by Jocelyn Perkerson April 7, 11 04:24 PM

GOD? which god or gods? Or do "believers of X" always assume others know what they are talking about?? Rather a large assumption - and a bad one.
Full marks for the "team of scientists and intrepid explorers" Great work trying to understand the world around them. (something anathema to most "true believers" )

Posted by TaErog April 7, 11 04:27 PM

These photos are awesome! Thankfully there are people out there who refuse to be curtailed by "safety" laws, which require toddlers to wear helmets and knee pads to ride their tricycles on the sidewalk. As for you "god people", you suffer from a very prevalent form of insanity that manifests as a weakness of character, where you are incapable to take responsibility for your own actions, but need the crutch of religion to hold you up and a god to blame if something in your life goes wrong.

Posted by amk April 7, 11 05:14 PM

These photos are absolutely remarkable, let's leave our personal feelings about GOD out of it - read the bible- and just enjoy the photos kudos to the explorers, I certainly would not want to be them, but yes enjoy what they have presented to us using the camera.
Posted by Arlene

Posted by Arlene Leccese April 7, 11 06:09 PM

God and Nature at their best. Congrats to the people that brought these photographs of wonderful wonderment to us.

Posted by Aidan White April 7, 11 06:31 PM

This is absolutely unbelievable. You don't know true beauty until you see this. It is amazing. I just can't believe it is real. To think this is what caused the destruction of towns and cities. You really don't know how lucky you are until you see this.

Posted by Posted by Bobbye Knief, April 7, 11 05:50 PM April 7, 11 06:54 PM

This is absolutely breathtaking! I am amazed and overwhelmed at the risk that these wonderful men took on in order to study and record for others this other-worldly place. How can one NOT believe in the awesome power of our G*d when looking at this incredible beauty????

Thank you again and again and again, gentlemen...

Jill Brimmer

Posted by Jill Brimmer April 7, 11 07:22 PM



Posted by Bert Savage April 7, 11 10:01 PM

To the poster who wishes to attribute to a deity the "beauty" of this incandescent molten rock, I want to point out that this deity occasionally has a natural phenomenon kill lots of people, like the African lake that burps sulfur dioxide.

Make associations with a deity all you wish, but don't imply it's scientific.

Posted by Lawrence Skarin April 7, 11 10:23 PM

GOD = Gloss Over Dumbness. Why do so many people need to explain what they don't understand with the use of God?

Can't we just admire these great pictures and simply say... geez nature can be so wonderful!!!

Honourable mention to the team of scientists who braved such a hostile environment... all in the name of knowledge (possibly for a good thrill too).

Posted by Frank T. April 7, 11 10:25 PM

To all of those out there who are bashing RELIGIOS COMMENTS you should be ashamed! GOD is ashamed of YOU! There are no words to descibe the beauty that GOD has blessed us with. He did it for a reason. If YOU knew him you would know why he did it. All I have to say is that what you saw is where you will be when your gone and we will miss you!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael April 7, 11 10:40 PM

I do not know what God has to do specifically with these photographs and I do not pretend to know all about God, but the photographs are neat! I still believe that there is a God whom we should pay attention to his teachings for our own good. In any case all the pro and con God comments have nothing to do with these unusual photographs which as I said previously are neat.

Posted by Russ Hughes April 8, 11 01:25 AM


Posted by Fr. Vincent Cornejo April 8, 11 06:19 AM

A must see for those who believe in God as the ultimate intelligent designer. Privileged Planet and Ben Stein's Expelled. It is close to impossible to have an intelligent exchange with those who hate God for whatever reason. That is why it is so important to be armed with the overwhelming scientific facts that, in my humble opinion, overwhelming support God as the ultimate designer of the universe. Thank God that we still have a country that values civilized discourse. And was, by the way, founded on Judeo-Christian principles by men who believed in a God.

Posted by Leon J. Radomile April 8, 11 10:30 AM

Fantastic views.... My husband and I were born in this part of DRC.
never, never this part of country was quiet and calm...I was born during one eruption of the NYAMULAGIRA, and if this country was the most beautiful part in the East of drc like Rwanda and Burundi... Men are so rude that they destroy all the time one part of the paradise in the world.
We can say ... SKY and FIRE or ANGELS and DEMONS..........

Posted by Marie April 8, 11 01:27 PM

My word. Being a country boy from Northern Nebraska, I can not even imagine such a spectacular sight. Let alone to ever be able to see it with my own eye's. Thank you to the people that a so lucky and trained to be able to provide us all with pictures, and comments. Totally awsome

Posted by Doug Baker April 8, 11 01:56 PM

Great photos...I'd have used a telephoto, myself. I'm sure accurate measurements could have been made without visiting the edge of the crater without almost complying with a death wish, but nonetheless, well done! Just don't brag about this too your mothers...they'd have to stifle an urge to kill their sons for risking their lives so nonchalantly after the parents had put so much effort into getting them raised and educated.

Posted by Linda Burke April 8, 11 02:50 PM

Fabulous work, photos etc
Awe inspiring. The Almighty is present in all.

Posted by Judy Griesbach April 8, 11 05:41 PM

What fantastic pics!! AND, to those men who are trying to estimate when another eruption may be predicted to save lives. Seems like the non-believers do not see that side of the picture. So glad THOSE comments are in the minority and not the majority!!! Whether you believe in God or not, you must realize that the world itself is a magnificent thing. It isn't
that God turns his back on people. Rather, we all live throughand effect. Also, by our own free will. What's so hard to get??
Thank you scientists everywhere for your dedication and interest. We find the world as well as the human body to be both fascinating and challenging.

Posted by Anonymous April 8, 11 06:43 PM

I am so happy to have lived long enough to see such magestic picture! Think you for your bravery and stamina to get these pictures to share with the World! MHH

Posted by Margaret Harmon-hoffler April 8, 11 07:13 PM

I am amazed at the courage of the folks who explored and brought us the
fine pictures of such a spoto ths earth.

What a marvel.!

Thank you so much21

Posted by Samuel W. McWhorter April 8, 11 08:10 PM

The wonder and the beauty of our planet is truly stunning. These photos capture some of the spectacle. I truly appreciate the priviledge of viewing these rare close-up shots. I am not at all angry at those who express their religious beliefs and base them on these photographs. I do wonder, though, why they must try to use every evidence of anything positive or anything beautiful as proof that their god exists. It seems desparate. Who are they desperately trying to convince? Me or themselves?

Posted by Jim Fisher April 8, 11 08:18 PM

Man's penchant to explore the earth, its land masses and oceans and the sky above and the universe beyond are again exemplified by the wonderful photos and the studies of this volcano by this corageous band of men. Some truly awesome pictures of nature at its finest. Many thanks to these men as they work to help us understand our fragile planet!

Posted by Jimmy B April 9, 11 12:44 AM

Hey Billy, you forgot to bring the hot dogs and marshmallows !

Posted by Benny April 9, 11 09:54 AM

Fascinating. Really an eye opener, Thank you

Posted by ken Sterling April 9, 11 10:41 AM

Beautiful and a great job, but that's God, always making something soooo overwhelming for us. Giving the people the strenght and the brains along with the talent.


Posted by Sandra Rung April 9, 11 09:12 PM

Some people will go to great lengths to get noticed.....

Posted by Joan April 10, 11 12:29 AM

Thank you for making me aware of the unimaginable power of mother nature and the beautiful, amazing images that you people have taken by risking your life. I bow down to the courage within you.

Posted by Arun Padake April 10, 11 02:06 AM

Thank you so much for the courage to do this and for displaying the power of our Almighty God and His creations. What an awesome God we serve!

Posted by mjd April 10, 11 09:37 AM

Wonderfull Indeed!
This reminds me of looking down the well of River Jhelum origin It was cold water spring ,Here instead of water spring we call it lake of Lava but scene is similiar .
No doubt the lava lake and that was Water well where water bubling and flowing out into the River Jhelum .
Nature is GREAT lava lake or Water lake.
My hats off for the explorer Team and may they continue to be inspired !

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Posted by shyamoli April 10, 11 12:22 PM

Thank you all.You have made us all a little more aware of how little we know of this earth where we live.I and all viewers should consider you heroes for this very dangerous and educational venture.My deepest thanks and hopes that you will be safe.

Posted by Cmsgt.W.M.Teslik(USAF Ret.) April 10, 11 12:59 PM

Fantastic photography and dogged skillfulness in their descent into and subsequent accent out of Nyiragongo Crater. Thanks to them for sharing
the experience, it is memorable.

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Posted by SHERRIE WILLIAMS April 10, 11 10:08 PM

Wow, lots of power in those volcanoes! I would wisely stay away. Remember people choose to build close to them; even when warned, some do not listen to the warnings. So don't blame it on God. God created the Universe; man copies His creations in many ways such as the birds for airplanes with their wings; bats for sonar for the submarines; & many other things. Jesus, as the only begotten son of God, in the beginning and Master Worker as Proverbs 8:30 states, & will restore earth's ecology to perfect balance when his kingdom is established over our earth soon. On earth, Jesus was able to control natural forces like the windstorm, etc. (Matthew 14:30-32). So under his kingdom gov't. mankind will have no need to fear being harmed by typhoons, earthquakes, volcanoes or other natural disasters. Jesus having been God's first creation was there when God created the earth & all life on it, so he fully understands the makeup of the earth & knows how to use its resources properly. Under his rule, the entire earth will be turned into a beautiful peaceful Paradise as he originally intended. (Psalm 37:10, 11). A study of the Bible helps build our faith & we learn about God's loving personality. He made the 1st pair perfect with free will/choice but they are responsible for bringing imperfection, sin and death to their offspring. Jesus paid the "ransom" price. There is no hope at all or a future for those who don't want to look to the Great Designer & Creator, a loving heavenly Father. The world is in a mess due to the first pair allowing themselves to be tempted by a disobedient angel who wants to rule. He will be stopped. Time was needed to prove man cannot govern himself without God's direction (Jeremiah 10:23) The Bible gives information to those whose hearts are right & live peacefuly awaiting the start of God's clean up of our beautiful earth &. getting things back into control.

Posted by Anonymous April 10, 11 10:13 PM

Absolutely beautiful photography and fearless scientific efforts. Reaffirms again for me the Mother Earth has a power to be respected. Volcanos, Tsunamis. Earthquakes, Floods and Fire. The Indians had it right. !

Posted by Philip Scott April 10, 11 11:43 PM

wow' v.good view....people has got guts to go near valcano...and click this wonderful picture....bravo.

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Posted by Anon April 11, 11 12:35 AM

Awesome pictures! Thanks to the team
At such great risk too!
And with so much passion!-

Posted by Kathy April 11, 11 01:00 AM

This gives me some idea of how the volcanic islands in the Pwcific were formed. If I were to walk into a field and find a watch with the correct time on it, would I say "wow how did this happen" No I would realize that a master craftsman had made the watch and someone had lost it there. Just like this world of ours, a master craftsman created it. I call him GOD, It just did not happen lke the watch did not just happen, it was the work of a master craftsman.


Posted by F. Warren Artley April 11, 11 01:23 AM

WOW... Reminds me of a live one about 50 miles south of Guatamala City
and this one gets hot and calms down, and you can climb the next inactive mountain and look down into it, not as hot but beautiful when going from daylight to dark...and very scary

Posted by James Watts April 11, 11 01:36 AM

These 28 photos are truly amazing, in light of the risk required just to acquire them, coupled with all involved in the expedition. I can truly say I'd not have been one with enough guts to go into this crater, yet were I to have garnered the knowledge necessary to even be considered for such a trek, it might be a different story. To test Nature such as was required by this expedition, seems a bit excessive, yet may net much valuable information to benefit man kind on into the future. Had all, or even some, in the expedition perished, would it have proved worthwhile?

Photo No. 28 Caption reads in part; ".....The goal of the expedition is to increase volcanologists' knowledge and ability to predict such an event and prevent another disaster." While this may turn out to be a highly beneficial expedition, I'm of the opinion that Man is so insignificant in the grand scheme of things, or life in this Universe, not to mention the Great Beyond, that trying to gauge, predict, or out guess, Nature is ludicrous, yet I don’t fault those who try. Case in point, just how well have climatologists been at predicting the weather? Nature seems almost to rub our noses into such efforts.

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Posted by Toffee M. Ardiente April 11, 11 04:45 AM

"There are more things in heaven and hell than are dreamt of...." The shape -- a perfect circle - amazes me. There must be some scientific answer to that. What is it?

Posted by marjorie lewis April 11, 11 10:07 AM

The pics all show that God is there. Now how to harness some of that energy to help the world?

Posted by sandra April 11, 11 06:54 PM

Supperb pic.
Thank you from Latvia!!!

Posted by Roberts April 11, 11 07:39 PM

Thank you for giving us such an opportunity to view these amazing photographs with captions. If this was the first team to reach the rim of the crater successfully, there must have been many more would have lost their lives without adequate protection and lack of preparation. Where did the expedition members train for 4 months and who provides the training? What is the minimum team size and what are the criteria for selecting expedition team members and how much does it cost? The gas masks and heat protection equipment are unique to such expeditions.

Posted by Raj April 11, 11 09:05 PM

What a brave bunch of scientists! No words can describe their courageous dedication to reveal the enormous beauty of the creation of our mother Earth. God bless you all. G. B. Gowd.

Posted by G.Basavana Gowd. April 11, 11 10:09 PM

The pictures are awesome. God created this world and its many wonders. Thank you for allowing us to see something that we would otherwise probably never even know about.

Posted by J.Bollinger April 11, 11 10:40 PM

God will provide ALL the answers to these comments one day. Probably not too far in the future. He is awesome! These pics are amazing, just like the one who created what was photographed. Giving God all the glory for the knowledge given to these men and the ability to use it and the magnificence of the creation. May God Bless all who commented.Shalom!

Posted by Diane, Bland, VA April 11, 11 11:54 PM

have we found the lake of fire?

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Posted by PAPPADAA April 12, 11 04:32 AM

Brave men and wonderful pictures.

Posted by Laimonis Ulmanis April 12, 11 06:06 AM

Thanks for updating the world with these pictures.You guys have done a highly commendable job.Really Brave to have gone this close.I live in this corner of the world where we learn of volcanoes only in books , seeing the pictures & reading these many comments I indeed feel lucky to have a safe life here.Congratulations to the expedition team.You guys are an INSPIRATION!!

Posted by RK April 12, 11 06:53 AM

Simply FANTASTIC !!!! I cannot believe an act such as this by Humans.....HAT S OFF to the team ...

Posted by Premal Parekh April 12, 11 07:20 AM

Absolutely magnificent. A major safety valve for the fires of
earth's core. Very brave men to go so close.

Why so far down in such a narrow depression?

Posted by Oswald Brunner April 12, 11 07:25 AM

Can you imagine What The world can gaiin if we could harnes the power and energy of these volcanoes..????

Posted by Sal Simonetti April 12, 11 10:42 AM

Has anyone mentioned the hobbits at Mount Doom yet? That was all I could think of, except -- what courage, what beauty! Thank you.

Posted by imogenhh April 12, 11 11:24 AM

What a wonderful and excitring world we live in. So much to see, So little time. Thanks to all who made this possible.

Posted by Darvin D. Tomes April 12, 11 02:10 PM

Wow.Amazing, Truely Jesus our Lord and savour is about to return the sign are more real everyday Marilyn, even so come Lord Jesus.

Posted by Marilyn Ramkissoon April 12, 11 03:08 PM

This kind of scientific reseaarh and beautiful photos you see once in my lifetime . Congratulations

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Posted by Claughton Johnson April 13, 11 12:07 AM

Is the garden not beautiful enough without the need to claim there are faeries in it that make it grow?

Posted by Dave April 13, 11 01:39 AM

Is it possible one of the team members could jump in head first ? Or stick his toe in and jump back a little ? I would like to see that. Maybe do the hokie pokie, and turn himself around, because thats what its all about.

Posted by Hussaine Obama Mama April 13, 11 04:46 AM

These pictures are wonderful trying to unveil the mystery of Nature. God exists or does not exist... is a problem seeking solution from mankind since long past...and no one can predict when the issue will be solved . But a number of scientific discoveries have come out in the same way. You believe or do not believe .... Nature or its mystery has nothing to do with. Whatever you discover you discover for yourself , to quench your thirst for knowledge. ... My heartiest congratulations to the entire team for their heroic journey into the lake of fire...

Posted by Dr.J.R.Singh April 13, 11 09:34 AM

Amazing pictures! Thanks for the reminder that the intelligent humans can not stop nature's course. They can only try to determine ways to deal with them.

Posted by Raman Patel, Atlanta, GA April 13, 11 11:26 AM

I believe this was created in a general sense by God, even tho many phenomena around the world seem to happen randomly, it all comes from one source. I just wonder how many enemies the mafia have gotten rid of, flying over the crater and opening a door.....

Posted by t dalbey April 13, 11 11:30 AM

Awesome pictures of the reality of nature..and GOD! I don't care what some have said about the absence of a real God, creator of everything. In my 78 years and visiting many different countries, my faith is not in foolish talk but in the Word of God, the Bible. And those who don't believe in God do have a special day set aside just for them, April 1. The Bible says, "The fool has said in his heart, there is no God" So enjoy your festivity, without God this is ALL you'll ever have!!

Posted by Danny Kroeker April 13, 11 12:54 PM

Fantastic pictures... Thanks to the courageous team of people who made it possible for all of us to see these pictures. Keep up the good work.

Posted by B. Vaid April 13, 11 01:14 PM

Never seen anything like this in my life, absolutely breathtaking pictures, so very interesting and some very brave souls. I LOVED IT! Thanks to all of you!

Posted by T. Evans April 13, 11 02:54 PM

This is simply extraordinary!!! Hats off to the team. I am sure these pictures will be stored in a vault. I say thank you on behalf of the world.

Posted by Yogesh Joshi April 13, 11 04:49 PM

Mother Nature at her most intense!
Scientists are a special breed. Their fear is overcome by their curiosity. The world benefits from the knowledge these scientists acquire. They all deserve our respect.

Posted by Cheryl Smith April 13, 11 05:09 PM

It is incredible that there are men and women that risk life and limb to study the power of nature, thereby helping the people who, unknowingly built their cities and villages too close to these dangers. All mankind owes those brave and knowledgeable people a great big THANK YOU !
John van Rietschote, Powell River B.C Canada.

Posted by John van Rietschote April 13, 11 06:44 PM

Thanks for this incredible pictures and hats off to the brave men who took up this expedition. We are happy to see such wonderful pictures

Posted by k. ramachandran April 13, 11 09:31 PM

mind boggling and unexplainable

Posted by veekay April 13, 11 11:14 PM

truly a beautiful sight to see,you don/t have to believe in god to know what mother nature is showing you but you can at least thank him for giving you the intelligence to know what is beautiful, to believe in god you have to have faith so try reading the bible than use that intelligence to help you under stand, you just may gain that light you were born with.

Posted by David E Rawson April 13, 11 11:58 PM

The pictures are absolutely spectacular, and the comments are spectacularly diverse. What is notable, however, is the absence of opinions recognizing the scientific mission. Actually wouldn't it be interesting to
to know what this ambitious team learned?

Posted by Helga Abel April 14, 11 01:10 AM

Yes, beautiful photographs. May I ask who funded this expedition?

Posted by Sagi April 14, 11 01:37 AM

whatever the Rationalists may say these pitcures do Show the PRESENCE OF THE ALMIGHTY and through him the SPIRIT OF MAN. Hats of to those brave men who made this viewing possible

Posted by Antony Dcouto April 14, 11 01:48 AM

superb pics but still superb is the human heroic effort in reaching this place. god bless them and may they be able to more research for mankind.

Posted by priti jhaveri April 14, 11 04:08 AM

Danny (comment 848). I participated in a "Chinese Whispers" exercise at school when I was 7. I soon learnt that a message travelling from human to human and taking time to do so is anything but valid at the other end. With this in mind, you must agree that only a fool would believe in the readings of a book which has been transcribed through many languages by many people over many years. Whatever the original message of the Bible was, the Law of Averages, the Law of Large Numbers, the Laws of Probability and the human factor have completey destroyed it. So, for blind-faithers like yourself, it's best not to take the Bible literally for it is a tool of the devil delivered across the ages through mankind.

Posted by Clark April 14, 11 06:44 AM

Could not resist myself from commenting,
I can't describe my feelings for the persons risking their lives to study the mother nature!
Achal Shah,
Advocate, Surat

Posted by Achal Shah April 14, 11 07:32 AM

Magnificent !!! fabulous !!! Mind blowing !!! . It could'nt get any better !!! Thank you God !!!

Posted by victor swamikannu April 14, 11 07:51 AM

More harm than good has been done throughout the ages in the name of G-d.
People, this is what it is. Lunatics at work.

Posted by Heber Lorner April 14, 11 09:28 AM

I'm not a scientist by any means but, the thought had occured to me while viewing these pictures. History says meter's hit Earth, killing off the Dinosours, what if (food for thought), what truely happened was volcanic activity was totall reason of extinction? We are fortunate for having these brave men bring science into our lives. Can't wait to see their discoveries. Be safe, and may God watch over you.

Posted by Susie April 14, 11 09:35 AM

Ό,τι πιό απίθανο έχω δεί μέχρι τώρα στη Ζωή μου.

Posted by Δημοσθένης Κολιαρ&# April 14, 11 10:39 AM

Continued evidence the center of the earth is a nuclear reactor. We don't know if it is getting hotter or colder. Mars is a dead planet because it didn't have enough atmosphere to keep it warm long enough after creatin to get it's furnace running.on, (Herndon,Discover, 08/2002)

Posted by Nathen Edwards April 14, 11 01:15 PM

What couragious guys in such a hazardous inviroment
Thank you for your effort !

Posted by Henry Grueber April 14, 11 02:03 PM

THis is amazing The existence of God cannot be denied... God Bless all those working on this discovery maureen

Posted by maureen April 14, 11 02:17 PM

So sad to see so many hateful and vitriolic comments here. May God bless these brave people for taking the risk to further scientific knowledge in service of humankind!

Posted by Greg April 14, 11 02:28 PM

Wonderful pictures; exceptionally brave people to approach that cauldron.
But what a shame to read so much anti-religious drivel in the comments appended.

Posted by Mort April 14, 11 02:32 PM


Posted by ROLF April 14, 11 02:43 PM

Ahhaha... Terrible.

All these God-sycophants claiming these photos show "God is there." Umm, no, they don't.

Where exactly do you see 'God' in this picture? Is he hiding behind a bush? Is it a burning bush? Y'know it might be burning because of the LAVA... :oP

Seriously I need no resort to a higher power to appreciate the beauty of nature. I have two eyes and a brain. That's good enough. God didn't make me, my parents did. They may have been screaming "Ohh god, ohh god!" at the time. But I don't think that should be taken as any particularly religious zeal nor condoning the religionists... ;)

Why must people always bring up God no these kinds of things? God doth not exist. I've invited him repeatedly to tea. Thus far he hath refused... Me thinketh he don't existeth.

Don't believe everything you read, folks. [/irony]

Posted by Anonymous April 14, 11 04:11 PM

I enjoyed the spectacule pictures, God Bless the men who got these wonderuful pictures. And Thank you for posting them for all to see.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.................OUR GOD IS AWSOME.........

Posted by Dolores Richardson April 14, 11 04:40 PM

There are no words to explain the magnitude of the Creator, the beauty of these pictures are amazing and the courage of the expedition members is extraordinary. Thanks for sharing.

Ivan Medina Cerritos, Ca. 04/14/2011

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Posted by jyoti April 14, 11 11:46 PM

It was a cosmic experience ( God had descended from the Heavens onto the Earth .

Posted by Jasu Desai April 15, 11 12:44 AM

This is natures absolute outstanding powers

Posted by Jefferson Marshall April 15, 11 01:02 AM

oh !!!!!

Posted by pallabbasu April 15, 11 01:05 AM

Wow. great photos, thanks for sharing this wisdom knowledge, people who d aught God should look smartly and re think. who then is the creater of that....time is now ,to re focus on Gods good works in live according to his laws. love one another.

Posted by marjorie April 15, 11 05:00 AM

Thank these wonderful expedition members who risk their lives to understand these wonderful creations. May God watch over you all
and keep you safe.

Posted by Colleen, Setauket, NY April 15, 11 08:29 AM

Awesome photos! Truly courageous researchers. I remember the film I watched in geology class, many years ago, of the researcher hopping from floating "lava-burg" to floating "lava-burg" to gather readings. The last burg he jumped to flipped over and, well, the data was never retrieved. My hat is off to that sort of dedication, foolish though it may seem at times.

Yet, the discussion here seems to have turned to God. Interesting, that. It always confounds me that people are more interested in declaring whether God exists or not rather than wondering what "God" actually is. If, for instance, God is an entity and we are made in "his" image, why aren't we all males with long white beards? How about the idea that, it's not that "there is one God" but rather that "God is One". There is no conflict between science and God. Science simply tries to understand how "God" did it. "It" being this whole creation thing. Math reflects the same thing. You start with the first dimension, the point, the source, the beginning. Nothing else exists but the one...God, if you want to name it. That breaks up into the second dimension, the line, opposites, the beginning (conceptual form) of form since form is created by one thing bumping up against another and for that you need two things. Then You expand that into the third dimension and you have all this stuff around you. I wont get into the fourth dimension because I don't understand that at all! But it's all, me, all of this started out together. Collectively, we are God. Consider the phrase, "We are all children of God". To give praise to God is to appreciate the whole thing that we are a part of. If you can't grasp the "connectiveness" that we all share, than giving praise to something you think is different than you is a start. The rest of us will wait for you.

Posted by LBV April 15, 11 12:57 PM

What a fascinating article --- the pics were awesome. These are the type of forwards that make the computer very worthwhile. I will spend another hour or two enjoying the information given to us through the pictures. Wonderful.

Posted by Dona Potratz April 15, 11 12:58 PM

WOW is all I can say

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Posted by DIANE April 15, 11 01:57 PM

Most spectacular.Unimaginable.
Hats off for the team.

Posted by Atul Dave April 15, 11 04:27 PM

Absolutely breathtaking photos. Thanks for sharing. Our God is truly Awesome! Thank you guys for being brave enough to go there and share this with us. I give Praise and Glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!!!

Posted by Carolyn Dorman April 15, 11 05:22 PM

Great pictures. Thanks.

To those who see some transcendent creator as the cause of this phenomenon: You realize how much harm volcanos have brought to mankind? To the good and brave people as to the bad ones alike. Insofar this is really a great example of the logical problem some other people have with the existence of an almighty and benevolent creator, that at the same time, with the same means, creates so much harm. It's a classic theodicy problem.

Posted by Tinker Marz April 16, 11 04:04 AM

These guys must be really courageous. They have really walked where none has walked before. Hats off to these guys for the wonderful photos.


What to even more astounding to me than the bold journey into the crater is the evident craving on the part of many to use the crater as evidence of God's glory. Like, huh? Natural law explains this phenomenon as well as every other aspect of the world with the one exception of the very beginning of time and space. If you want to believe that some supernatural being started it all off, you are welcome to... although to stop at God as the explanation prevents looking for even deeper causes. If you want to use God to explain everything else, then you have to accept that this same great God is responsible for all the world's evil as well as all the world's good. And if so, why do you think such a God deserves your love?

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Posted by MONEY POWELL JR April 16, 11 12:11 PM

The top or bottom depending on your perspective of a gorgeous and curious continent. Many thanks to those brave enough to do this. Namaste.

Posted by B A April 16, 11 02:11 PM

Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! Mother Earth at her best.... and a ^5 for Anonymous #873;

Posted by Margie April 16, 11 03:46 PM

Nature is God....God is Nature....What's the difference? Nevertheless, these guys are a wee bit crazy! Carole

Posted by carole smith April 16, 11 04:00 PM

A glimpse of the awsomeness of a loving and forgiving God. No we do not have to believe that He is the author or origin of evil. Evil began when we (as human) gave in to the test at the first garden. It wasn't the apple, but the human who God created for His enjoyment. Face it, we failed but He has not. This is pictures of His total awsomeness and power and glory. Thanks to those who risked life and limb to bring this to us. Kudos.

Posted by Kenneth E. Page April 16, 11 05:29 PM

it is great.such breve men. it is fabulous.HATS OFF FOR ALL TEAM MEMBER.

Posted by bharat April 17, 11 12:47 AM

What's god got to do with it?

Posted by Rob April 17, 11 01:53 AM

An incredible fantasy location if there ever was, somewhere where angels could only tread, the primordial universal laws at work - the stuff of stars - who could imagine humans taking such an adventure and surviving! Or to visualize a rolling oceanic storm of fire. Thank you for "firing" up our minds with such incredible pictures and I am in awe! The vast array of the creator is truly humbling!

Posted by Rebecca April 17, 11 02:10 AM

We think because we have rockets & powerful mechanisms we humans are the greatest creations. But Mother Earth is most powerful, and when she decides to show her power God help us all ! Someone mentioned meteors and the dinosaurs becoming extinct. Has anyone read the book "The HAB Theory" ?

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Posted by TEMAS.ASPI.MEHTA April 17, 11 09:31 AM

This is truely an eye-opening finding. Thumb up for this amazing team who risked their life so that we can see this phenomenon.

Posted by Lackana L. April 17, 11 09:52 AM

Great photpgraphy and ballsy guys. The same kind that feel the need to poke their heads down the throat of a 20ft crocodile or white shark to get a close up picture of its jaw muscles. I prefer using a bigger telephoto lens.

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Posted by alec romalo April 17, 11 04:20 PM

hermosas fotos lastima que las diez

Posted by jose enrique suarez April 17, 11 05:49 PM

" And whosoever was not found written in the BOOK OF LIFE was cast into
the LAKE OF FIRE " !!! Revelation 20:15 Nancy

Posted by Nancy April 17, 11 06:58 PM

These natural wonders of the world continue to impress upon me the grandure and power nature has. It matters not what we humans say or do, nature will have her way forever.

Posted by Stephen Knowles April 17, 11 08:44 PM

Wooo! What an adventure!!! What mount of courage!!! How much is the thirst of man for knowing more! He is prepared for any risk. Amazing is the human brain!!! It is limitless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......

Posted by Prof. CC Dixit April 17, 11 09:32 PM

Mother earth makes so helpless,we can only Bow in great respect,with a prayer to the future generation to intellgently save the plant and Mother Earth.Ranee Oberoi

Posted by Ranee Oberoi April 18, 11 12:06 AM

Let's face it - We humans are a very small, if insignificant, part of the universe.
We like to think we can control or "manage" our destiny. But this type of evidence only proves that we are only an insignificant part of "natures" universe and can only attempt to provide rational explanations for our existence which, above all else, is simply beyond our capacity.
The thought that we "insignificant beings" can control our destiny is merely fantasy.

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Posted by JOANNE ALLEN April 18, 11 01:34 AM

What an incredible email gift! To view Mother Nature up so close - awesome and this volcano here-to-for unknown to me - is a powerful wonder to ponder. These courageous six men are really astronaut/explorers and deserve our deepest respect for risking their lives in search of knowledge. How magnificent is man's thirst to understand! And ... to figure out how to film something that hot in order to share their experience with the rest of us is pure genius!

Posted by Peggi by the lake, San Marcos, CA April 18, 11 02:11 AM

cannot believe my eyes, scintillating!

Posted by K R RENGANATHAN April 18, 11 04:33 AM

wonderful photos. man can reach any part of the galaxy.

Posted by krishnan April 18, 11 05:27 AM

Bravo!! It takes a courageous man to do that.

Posted by john April 18, 11 08:38 AM

very daring and very interpraising but I commend them for their bravery and God bless all of them, fr. vincent

Posted by fr. vincent cornejo April 18, 11 10:28 AM

"In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth" Genesis 1:1.
We have an Awesome God. So wonderful that you are doing this work, may God be with you.

Posted by Tanya April 18, 11 10:28 AM

Great yaar, what a commitment.

Posted by Harsh Vardhan April 18, 11 11:12 AM

Impresionante trabajo de investigación y fotografías increíbles, muchas gracias por compartirlas

Posted by Osvaldo D'ambrosio April 18, 11 01:03 PM

Shame on that volcano and its creator (God?) for emitting all those nasty gasses! Surely the EPA will require that it be shut down.

Posted by Lee April 18, 11 01:56 PM

They must be nuts.

Posted by RJHowe April 18, 11 02:16 PM

Treacherously spectacular landscape pictures.

The adventurous spirit of the explorers and their craze for knowledge- even at the risk to their lives is truly humbling.

You men are doing a great service to humanity.

Posted by K K Murthy April 18, 11 02:45 PM

Someone else may have commented on this, but a detailed story of this expedition appears in National Geographic this past month. It's fascinating.

Posted by Robert April 18, 11 05:01 PM

WOW... yes..!!,
AWESOME.... yes...!!!
Great photography ... yes...!!!
Wonderful photos.... yes....!!!
courageous guys in such a hazardous environment... yes...!!! But Why...?
People have got guts to go near volcano... yes... also No responsibility for their family, so if they die doesn't matter.
It couldn’t get any better !!! Thank you God !!!.... Thanking God is good, not for Volcano, but for everyday that you wake up and open your eyes to see the life.
IT'S WASTE OF TIME ... yes.... you right...!!! any government spending money on this kind of expeditions... wasting tax payers money, when they could spaded to save some children from Hanger or dieses.
same as united sates spending 8 billion doles a month to keep the War going on and on in other countries, when people inside country are suffering and having so much problems; and cannot even get read of the gangsters inside country. We have to pay 4 or 5 dollars for GAS in the here so they can have more to fill up their Tank and war equipment … is in that something to think about... so let’s bring bake home the solders … not to kill more of them… they didn’t do anything wrong by joining the forces … they just needed better life… not to be killed..!!!
Let’s think about that and leave the nature do its own job….

Posted by me..??? April 18, 11 05:42 PM

Truly unbelievable. Mother Nature must have been in a good mood during this time period.

Posted by Gordon Hartley April 18, 11 07:30 PM

I hope someone remembered to bring dogs and s'mores.

Posted by pugpusher April 18, 11 08:58 PM

What incredible pictures. I am in awe of those who dare to go so close.

Posted by Bea April 18, 11 09:04 PM

Nature rules! But Man is fortunate still to live and breathe its beauty. If and when Nature allows of course. Amazing pics and courage. Well done!

Posted by mojo April 18, 11 09:51 PM

No such thing as "god". Only Mother Nature knows such power. Its when people take her for granted that she angers and releases her fury upon us. The Earth is a living entity, not in an organic sense, but in that she moves and changes. She grows, ages, and dies just like a living thing. We, in our feeble attempts to understand her, create beings and legends to answer our own questions.
This volcanic lake shows that she is both beautiful and deadly. She makes me feel so small and insignificant, and I love her anyways.

Posted by Meem James April 18, 11 10:27 PM

Recorde cuando mi imaginación era un águila libre al leer a Julio Verne cuando tenia apenas unos libros clásicos y unos soldaditos de plomo.

Posted by drarthros April 18, 11 11:31 PM

The photos are spectacular, the gas burst duplicates rhe solar flares of the sun. The men were at deadly risk for poisonus gasses at any moment as well, and were able to record this remarkable venture with great precicion.
Congratulations on a job well done. This volcano makes the Hawain volcano look like a firecracker.

Posted by K Stark April 18, 11 11:46 PM

Marvelous pictures and unable to believe...
Greatest pictures of Nature I have ever seen....

Posted by Ramachandrarao G; Hyderabad : India April 19, 11 01:33 AM

Simply exquisite....!!!!

Posted by Prashanth April 19, 11 01:54 AM

Magpasalamat tayo sa Dakilang Maykapal, at pinagkalooban tayong masaksihan ang Kanyang kadakilaan paraan sa mga larawang hatid sa madla ng mga nagsikap kunan ng larawan ang mga kababalaghan ng Kalikasan. Hindi mangyayari ang ganung mga pangitain kung walang Isang Makapangyarihang gumawa ng mga ito. Irineo Perez Goce, (aka) Ka Pule2 ......... Lungsod ng LIPA, Pilipinas

Posted by Irineo Perez Goce April 19, 11 03:09 AM

This expedition looks like something that National Geographic used to do, before it dumbed down.

Posted by Lindsay Stewart April 19, 11 05:03 AM

Thank you, team, for sharing the photos with us. Beautiful! It brought back the wonder and memories of my first glimpse of a volcano in Hawaii in 1963.

Posted by Shirley Stajduhar April 19, 11 07:32 AM

This proves that Man is far superior and he has the capability to overcome to any destructive power on earth.That's why God created Man in His own image.

Posted by Rev. Fr. Winston Placidus de Silva April 19, 11 08:54 AM

Que maravilla. Admirable la valentía de aquellos expedicionarios.
Me queda la inquietud de saber como vibra el piso y cual es el ambiente sonoro en ese lugar.
Realmente se pasaron. Gracias por compartir estas hermosas visiones.

Posted by Oreste Gerard- Chile April 19, 11 10:24 AM

Cant believe it,wonderful.How daringly they did it cant be appreciated in words.

Posted by Anonymous April 19, 11 10:46 AM

You can feel the heat. This is magnificent.

Posted by Marcia Linstrum April 19, 11 10:59 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 19, 11 11:08 AM

Beautiful photos! But, seems like a foolhardy expedition, with dubious scientific merit. Yet I imagine they would expect someone to mount a rescue effort, at considerable expense and risk, if needed.

Posted by George Sweeney April 19, 11 01:05 PM

The bravery and curiosities of a few that bring to so much to so many of these scientific studies are to be commended. Without those willing to take risks, we'd still be living in the Dark Ages. These are spectacular pictures that no Artist's mind could ever conceive. Nature is wonderful and beautiful in so many ways. Some might doubt that this is all God's work, but they alone will have to answer for their beliefs.
In one of the earlier comments, Clark wrote " It's best not to take the Bible literally, for it's a tool of the Devil, delivered across the ages through man-
kind." I find it amazing that Clark can believe in the Devil and not believe
in God, in the same breath. Thanks, again, for the outstanding camera-

Posted by Matt Zingraff April 19, 11 02:05 PM

Well proving once again that there must be a god who has created such wonders adding to the Tsunamis, Earthquakes and floods. And let us not forget the great scientists and humanitarians who dedicate their lives in exploring the wonders. Perhaps many years from now all their work will bear fruition

Posted by Frank Bocchino April 19, 11 02:16 PM

what brave and nice people are you. allah bless you.

Posted by soraya April 19, 11 03:50 PM

Oh My Tetragrammaton!!! The molten blood of the earth revealed! And WOW sooo beautiful. So incredibly like our Sun.... a microcosm of that macrocosm it seems like. So vivid the churning nature of our earth's body - and this open window into the core, allowing such a glimpse of her incredible internal power - The Final Frontier as we journey Inward! Jesus would appreciate this!!! (Introspection) Thank you so much to the Brave Astronauts! A Superb Feat!!!

Posted by Ocean April 19, 11 04:11 PM

Thankyou for these outstanding photographs of what is a truly phenominal sight, and why oh why do we always get these religious nut cases wanting to ram their own beliefs down our throats? Back off you weirdos, this is just a beautiful, awe inspiring piece of nature at its best, nothing more, nothing less.

Posted by Blaze April 19, 11 05:14 PM

Amazing pictures and incredible courage for the crew to be so close to the crater.
Thanks for sharing these incredible wonders with us from afar.

Posted by ANNA April 19, 11 06:07 PM

Watching and registering data in an active volcano is at best suicidal but someone has to do it I commend them for their dedication - - My concerns are that big piece of rock that is located in the eastern Atlantic that is separating ever so slowly - if and when that drops into the ocean the results will be beyond comprehension

Posted by Gerry April 19, 11 07:26 PM

These scientists have done our world a great service. Our knowledge is increased by their work and courage. Thank them all and who ever paid for this study.

Posted by B. Seyfried April 19, 11 08:32 PM

Great job Would like to see a follow up on your results

Posted by Robert I Burns April 19, 11 09:29 PM

My wife, Gem, & I (after our marriage at Kampala, Uganda in August 1953) spent part of our honeymoon at Goma/Kaseni - A beauitiful town then known as "the African French Riviera".We climbed part of the way up Nyiragongo. At night the clouds reflected the light from the Crater Lake onto the town & it was easy to read a newspaper. We swam in Lake Kivu, carefully avoiding drinking the water (Which was almost pure Magnesium Sulphate) yet there were fishes ( Sp ?) swimming in it. We also climbed Mt. Nymaligara & saw Carl Akley's grave - long before Dianne Fossey set up camp there & "discovered the Gorillas". We did a second trip in 1971. with

Posted by Angus F.Hutton April 19, 11 10:26 PM

Amazing power is transmitted through these photos so very well. Imagine, then, what such power can unleash when Nature comes to call us out for despoiling her so much and so often!

Posted by Ralf April 20, 11 01:23 AM

Thanks to those brave and selfless people who made it possible for us to see which we can't even dream off...!!!

Posted by Srinivasan,Muscat April 20, 11 01:35 AM

The pictures are out of this world! Hats off to those guys who risk their lives to study this volcano.
I wonder if it is worth the risk.
All the best to them!

Posted by Jenny MC Yang April 20, 11 01:44 AM

It is a learning experience to view the volcanic activity.
There are factors that perhaps, are quite revailing,
due to activity that is somewhat under control.
Thank you for the look-see.

Posted by Dick Plotkin April 20, 11 09:18 AM

Hats off to those brave and selfless people who made it possible for us to see which we can't even dream off...!!!

Posted by Kamlakar Borse April 20, 11 09:51 AM

Clark, (Comment 861), you do a great job at making yourself appear to be a wise person, however it seems that you do not notice the contradiction in your own statement:
"With this in mind, you must agree that only a fool would believe in the readings of a book which has been transcribed through many languages by many people over many years. Whatever the original message of the Bible was, the Law of Averages, the Law of Large Numbers, the Laws of Probability and the human factor have completey destroyed it."
You contradict the existence behind our government, laws, societal values, etc. by making this comment. Everything we know today about our past and how to prevent history from repeating itself comes from many lines of text passed down through many generations and languages over the course of history. So, if I were to believe anything about what you have said, I would have to disagree with everything ever passed down through text...and after four years of college, where all rational thought, studies, theories, philosphies, wisdom, beliefs, morals, from all reaches of the planet over many different cultures and languages, that I learned about, would all be falsified by your statement. I find your contradictory rationale about historical books hard to believe, and I am very certain that most other humans would agree!

To debate the existence of God is pointless, rather those of rational thought will debate over the existence of faith, or lack thereof, in their lives!

Satan uses people who lack rational thought, not the Bible, to steal the souls of the weak-minded!

Posted by Chris April 20, 11 02:08 PM

Exquisite & awesome....I will never forget the images so beautifully and courageously photographed.
Thanks for sharing!

Posted by babs woodcock April 20, 11 02:33 PM

Fantastic photographs and descriptions... thank you!

I loathe the fact that some zealots among us use this to springboard their own conceptions of God, Heaven & Hell, etc. Aside from those wayward posters, this page is wonderful.

Posted by Travis Neff April 20, 11 05:44 PM

Curiosity of human mind to rediscover the ferocity of mother nature

ddive and risk together. Long Live Spirit of Adventure.

Posted by Dadaji Pradhan April 20, 11 08:04 PM

Who is there that can say There is no God! When you view,such breath-taking views of this marvelous crater you must believe in the tremendous and holy force that we name God, the creator of all things large and small. I was in complete awe and shall send this on to my family and friends that they may share in the beauty and wonderment of the Almighty's gracious gifts!

Posted by Selma Boudov April 20, 11 08:28 PM

Interesting that the God protestors seem to use an inordinate amount
of ink in their diatribes. I would expect that they would dismiss it as a
myth about a divine Santa Claus and move on to other things. What
particularly seems to tick them off is the apparent lack of benevolence;
like Santa has been mean to them.

Personally I think this is a true example of devotion to knowledge for
its own sake and I applaud those gutsy scientists.

Oh yes, the comment about the earth being a nuclear reactor was interesting. Could we expect some radioactivity to manifest itself near
these craters?

Posted by Patrick MacKinnon April 21, 11 12:56 AM

It is a learning experience to view the volcanic activity.
They r simply representatives of God
Who shows us other world on this Grate Earth.
So hats off for their wonderful scientific research.

Prasad.Ch, Visakhapatnam, India

Posted by Prasad April 21, 11 01:05 AM

Amazing pictures and detailed notes, how courageous you all are!
God bless you all

Posted by Nadol Ganesh Kumar April 21, 11 01:47 AM

Hats off to these adventorous guys, who had done this for all of us. Its so challenging to be in such a hostile condition. It was awesome. They could go so close risking their health & life. The pictures are breathtaking. May God bless these brave men.

Posted by Hariharan, New Delhi April 21, 11 06:39 AM

It's a magma vent, people. Yes, the world contains visions of great majesty and wonder. Doesn't mean that fairies and pixies exist. One cringes at the poverty of imagination, intellect, and reasoning on display here. What are they teaching in American schools? Oh yeah, evolution is bunk, Noah fit a billion species on a wooden boat, and the world is only 4004 years old ...

Posted by Costa Botes April 21, 11 07:20 AM

fantastic photographs !!! Hats off to the guys who made us available such unbelivable snaps of live volcano!!!

Posted by shashi karkhanis April 21, 11 07:59 AM

Displays man's unquenchable imagination and curiosity. Takes a special person to attempt a project such as this,to the benefit of the rest of us.An awesome accomplishment !

Posted by Herbert Hoover Northrop April 21, 11 10:02 AM

The Bible says the "Meek" will inherit the Earth. What a wonderful way to probe into what God will leave for the meek. These scientists are as brave as a soldier, and as inquisitive as a child. What a wonderful mix of human-ness.

Posted by Chuck Poler April 21, 11 11:31 AM

Wow.God's glory huh? Over the ages volcanos have laid waste to vast areas of our environment & the deaths of thousands & maybe millions of people & animals.It seems God's glory can be quite destructive.Question.Could God have prevented this carnage? If your answer yes then doesen't that make God a mass murderer? After all he stood by & let it happen.It seems believers / worshippers of God gives him credit for every thing beautiful but overlooks ugly side of nature & humanity.


Posted by Frank Hunt April 21, 11 02:00 PM

God has made such a beautiful word for us to live in! Well done to the guys who had the courage to go down there and do what none of us ever could!

Posted by Janelle April 21, 11 02:10 PM

Wow!!! The Lord has allowed us to view what is in the core of the earth, a fire that will never be extinguished, a place where we would never want to be. Let us work diligently to keep ourselves and others from going there. To view is spectacular; to avoid is absolute victory!!! This is a reminder and a wake-up call. Thank you for sharing your photos!!!

Posted by Diane Horita April 21, 11 04:49 PM

God is not the answer. Not even the question. That we tiny mortals are living on a giant burning ball is wonder enough.

Posted by Anonymous April 21, 11 07:53 PM

I like looking at all the things we study about nature. I think God has fun creating all these different things and sometimes wonder what it would be like to be in His claasroom, directing all the earth changes and watching His reaction. I don't think He is done yet, that is my opinion of why we have earthquakes and natural phenomina. Even if you don't believe in God, he believes in you and you can still share his wonderful nature.

Posted by Jim Lowe April 21, 11 08:27 PM

Just Grate!!!!!!

Posted by pete peterson April 21, 11 09:30 PM

but not for "GOD",we would'nt have for all the "non-believer's",i will pray for you..awesome,sum's this up..

Posted by tony April 21, 11 09:47 PM

What a strange fascination? some thing incredible; equally astonishing.
Looks volcanic and horribly terrifying.

Posted by GOW NAR VASISTA April 22, 11 12:39 AM

Totally AWESOME in the real meaning of the word. And truly brave people to attempt such a feat. I would think the fumes would make camping there deadly. But I guess not because the men are walking around without gas masks on.

Posted by 1st-oliveoyl April 22, 11 07:17 AM

Looking at the crater, does it not imply that possibly this was created by an impact of some cosmic object like falling debris from a distant star on the earth and opening up a wound that bleeds with lava.

Posted by BL Dhar April 22, 11 08:04 AM

Great work and a very courage’s team.....truly awesome!!! All your team hard work is much appreciated. What you'll have done the rest of the world can see and enjoy it....Thank you for bring this natures magic to light.

Posted by Rohan Simon April 22, 11 08:25 AM

Thank you brave and confident ladies and gentelman. I am sitting on my chair and wathing theese magnificent views in Istanbul, Turkey. Unbelievable!!!

Posted by Mutlu GUN April 22, 11 09:56 AM


Posted by DILIPSINH JADAV (BARODA INDIA) April 22, 11 10:36 AM

awesome! brave men's determination to explore space or volcao is amazing!

Posted by NKL Prasad April 22, 11 11:15 AM

Courageous work leads us very near to nature. Congratulation


Posted by S.P.Gautam, Gurgaon, NCR-India April 22, 11 12:22 PM

Through human eyes we see the world; through God we see the universe! Unbelievable photos of "What God can Do". Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Mimi April 22, 11 12:41 PM

If anyone thinks there is no GOD they should think it again. I agree 100% with the writer of comment No. 962. Has any one talked about, heard or seen, or documented this type of event in the History of this earth? So lets give credit where credit is due. God has created SOUL anything and any where on the face of this Earth which is also created by HIM. Can any one cut soul wth weapon, distroy it with fire, wetn it with water, or evoperate it with air? All breathing or non-breathing things have this Non-destructible SOUL which moves from body to body and noone can distroy it.

Posted by Shyam Virani April 22, 11 01:32 PM

ohh god is sooo great, yes this invisible being that nobody has ever seen obviously has created everything that we know... how else could we so easily understand the entire world without being able to believe the one being is responsible for everything? oh thank you god for making me brave, thank you god for creating war, thank you god for these yummy berries, and of course, thank you god for literally carving out the craters of all of earth's volcanoes, so that hot lava may spout forth with such impressive beauty from the earth's core, which god of course sculpted as well.... thanks god!

Posted by d April 22, 11 03:53 PM

Wow, wonderful and astonishing team work. Hates up.

Posted by Bipin Bhatt April 22, 11 09:59 PM

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME ! Thank You courageous explorers, and thank you sponsors of this expedition. The waves of fire is unbelievable.

Posted by Margaret Kays April 22, 11 11:05 PM

Simply Fantabulous !! No words to describe the courage of this group of people. Marvelous Pictures, which otherwise, we would never be able to see a Live Volcano, so close. Once again, I reiterate my sincere thanks to the team for such a wonderful job they have done in favour of mankind !!

Posted by Vijay S Mehta, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. April 23, 11 12:46 AM

I question the words courageous and brave...I apply those words to that which rises above fear for someone else's life...acts that rescue against adversity. I would say extraordinarily curious, and yes, informative. The photos are beyond comprehension, but reaffirm that God is alive and well, and filled with many miracles to show us, and many many awesome experiences to share. But I question the generosity of this endeavor...quite selfish actually, as I doubt there is anyone who doesn't have someone who will suffer needlessly if anything should happen to this adventurer.

Posted by Frances Mains April 23, 11 03:28 AM

Que maravilloso trabajo de investigación y que valentía de hombres trabajando y enfrentando el riesgo de la vida!!! Maravillosas e interesantes fotografías para tomar consciencia de la existencia humana, de la fuerza y el poder de la naturaleza.Gracias

Posted by Helena Gaitán April 23, 11 08:47 AM

Amazing !!! Fantastic !!! Incredible !!!
Impossible to describe my impression. I admire those brave people for doing such wonderful and dangerous work.

Posted by Dr. Shmuel Rothbard April 23, 11 08:49 AM

It is a shame there is so much chaios in the world today that man cannot be inspired by its wonders and beauty and search for ways to enjoy God's Creation rather than being filled with greed that will eventually lead to the destruction of mankind as we know it.

Posted by Mack Bowman April 23, 11 11:13 AM


Posted by Tom Molnar April 23, 11 12:48 PM

God created and is creating......

Posted by Feodor van den Dool April 23, 11 02:01 PM

Kipling wrote: "What is art where to we press with paint and prose and rhyme, when nature in her nakedness defeats us every time."

Posted by Bob Simonson April 23, 11 05:53 PM

Nature or God????? It would be nice to know what those brave men that risked their lives to give us those beatiful pictures think about the issue. I think they would come down on the side of Nature.

Posted by Charley Wise April 23, 11 10:53 PM

Naturally beautiful, just enjoy.

Posted by Stanley Das April 24, 11 12:13 AM

I was in awe at the most beautiful pictures submitted by the explorers. I sincerely thank them for sharing the pictures. Yes, GOD is wonderful and I can't believe that there are some that do not believe. Wake up people---
and accept his blessings. Again I thank the brave people for sharing such moving pictures and making me think about our Savior.

Posted by B. J. Roberts April 24, 11 12:47 AM

Thank you very much for the amazing pictures.
Very courageous men and so dedicated in their work.
Well Done!

Posted by Sally April 24, 11 02:01 AM

Thank you very much for the amazing pictures.
Very courageous men and so dedicated in their work.
Well Done!

Posted by Sally April 24, 11 02:01 AM

Wunderschöne Fotos! Vielen Dank, sie mit jedermann zu teilen.
Bezüglich der Expedition kann man geteilter Meinung sein. Muss der Mensch immer alles ergründen?

Posted by Nelly S. April 24, 11 05:54 AM

Natures' beauty and death in same pot.
Never forget GOD'S power.

Posted by Bill Reinhart April 24, 11 07:16 AM

For me mountain are the wonder of the creation of God. I´ve been going hiking for many years now. I always wonder how could a man knock down a beautiful rock to build himself a horrible and huge house!! This I´ve seen in Spain a lot in a place called La Pedriza, a rocky place with millions of years old!! Anyway, I would like to say you´re doing a marvellous job. God bless you all!! Marlyn

Posted by Marlyn Namato April 24, 11 01:15 PM

This is AWESOME! That is a Brave crew who visited this lava lake, God Bless them! Nature is Beautiful!

Posted by Gene April 24, 11 02:27 PM

I am speechless

Posted by Kayla Rozwalka April 24, 11 03:00 PM

To view the awesome power of Nature, makes me as a human feel very insignifigant.Where does a Hydrogen Bomb stack up against power of this kind which sems endless.Makes manjkind like a bug on a red hot stove.Thanks for the oppertunity to view these Awesome Pictures. Doug Morgan

Posted by Doug Morgan April 24, 11 05:54 PM


Posted by Melek Çağır April 24, 11 07:26 PM

You've got to love the United Nations ..... they really know how to spend the worlds money the best.

Posted by billbeckings April 24, 11 08:20 PM


Posted by CLARA WILKES April 24, 11 08:32 PM

.....and we think WE are the center of the universe! thank you for sharing this chilling beauty,

Posted by Sally King April 24, 11 10:27 PM

Thank god..and Bless All..

Posted by Anonymous April 25, 11 12:26 AM

The democratic Republic of Congo is always in big ethnic or factional troubles.
How could you arrange this extraordinary expedition ! ?
Thank you ! Thank you !

Merci pour les bellles photos, grace à vos efforts exceptionnels .
Merci , Merc mes amis
un de vos admirateurs
Van Trinh
Sydney, Australia

Posted by Van Trinh April 25, 11 04:14 AM

Well, someone has to do it.

Posted by Captian America April 25, 11 08:43 AM

Would love a large painting for my living room. Awesome

Posted by dave lulling April 25, 11 09:25 AM

Ok great - how much money was spend to achieve this ?
wonder who paid for it, and under what budget.

Come on guys, there must be hundreds of projects where this money could be better channelled into.

Posted by GJaga April 25, 11 10:18 AM

"To seek, to strive, to find, and NOT to yield!!""
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, from the poem ULYSSES

Posted by Stuart April 25, 11 03:51 PM

The Bible states: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This and everything in it is a part of our Lord's creation. God gives so much to appreciate but also gives us brains to exercise safety. Yes, this is a part of His awesome glory and creation but also can be viewed as His awesome wrath.

Posted by Vicki Tait April 25, 11 07:22 PM

Really who said Bellisimo thats just sad cmon really.

Posted by Anonymous April 25, 11 08:52 PM

These photos show the nuclear core of our Earth and the tremendous amount of energy therein. Now, the challenge is to harness that energy for the benefit of mankind and the environment. These brave men are the forerunners of that quest..

Posted by Charles Jean Kinsell; Gainesville, Fl. U.S.A. April 26, 11 12:49 AM

what a courage and photography

well done only you can do

Posted by mina patel April 26, 11 05:31 AM

We lived there, had the lava in our garden. A great story, a great volcano, a great people, so sad that war, rape, and killing is raging there....
Fantastic pictures and very brave explorers...

Posted by vrancken April 26, 11 08:39 AM

Congratulation, all members of team and supported group for your benificial and amazing knowledge through expedition spirit.

Posted by Dr Than Lwin April 26, 11 08:50 AM

Great photos, but really, the money spent on this project could have helped... ah how many??? What about mental health in India (Aus story tonight)..

Posted by Cheza April 26, 11 09:07 AM

truly amazing photos, nothing to do with religion !!! it shows us how little we are all in the midst of this gigantic powerful force of nature , hats off to the men who brought back these photos

Posted by bryan marks April 26, 11 09:24 AM

To sum up the comments by 962, 972, 975, 977, 983, 986, 995, 1001. 1021. Our God is truly an awesome God! How could we not believe after viewing such an unbelievable presentation?

Posted by Joyce Jackman April 26, 11 10:43 AM

Its absolutely amazing - quite scary tho'. Hats off the the team there!

Posted by Balchand April 26, 11 12:18 PM

Nice pictures, BUT just what the heck would you learn from taking samples that has not already been done at other sites? Volcanos are the same wherever you find them with the only difference being in size.

Posted by bydand April 26, 11 03:45 PM


Posted by Jeanne Melton April 26, 11 07:30 PM

We toured that part of the world 4 years ago and there was no eruption at the time we were there so these pictures really make me want to go back
and see the crater again.

Posted by B Grimes April 26, 11 08:45 PM

The possibilities that could exist by harnessing the energy from this crater are beyond comphrehension. It certainly would be a big step in the world quest for new energy sources.

Posted by Richard Lamia April 26, 11 09:24 PM

Absolutely breathtaking pictures. You can feel the burn. It would be nice if you could brings small rocks and pieces of cold lava to sell on ebay. It would provide extra backing for your project. I for sure would buy one.

Posted by J. Florian April 27, 11 04:34 AM

This expedition was recently featured in the National Geografic magezine. That's how "DUMB" they are.

Posted by William Larro April 27, 11 05:30 AM

There is another laguage here, however we think that only the scientific language speaks!

Posted by Marjorie April 27, 11 12:14 PM

My blessing goes out to these people they were doing for the good of others.not them selves.God bless them.

Posted by Gilbert Duchesne April 27, 11 01:46 PM

Wow, beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Anna April 27, 11 03:37 PM

Very interesting to see all these scenes..really they had a great courage to go there...Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Zahid saed April 27, 11 05:02 PM

amazing pictures

Posted by mike April 27, 11 06:51 PM

This is truly God's artwork...nothing more can be said.

Posted by STEVEN G. MORAVEK April 27, 11 07:14 PM

Thanks for sharing....great pictures. I give them credit to stand or be near the lava tube.

Posted by Roy Buduan April 27, 11 11:16 PM

Simply amazing. One should visit once this place before die. Many thanks to nature and the person who has taken this pics.

Posted by Ravin Jadhav April 28, 11 01:29 AM

Faboulus is not the word. there is no word to describe these pictures. Hats of to those people who have risked thier lifes to show us these beauties.

Posted by Gopal Nuggehalli April 28, 11 02:39 AM

Thanks for sharing these pictures, awesome. Reminds me of the landscape for the middle 13 miles of the Kileua Volcano Marathon on the island of Hawaii, the trail is marked by piles of stones called ahu's

Posted by Melanie Mackey April 28, 11 07:09 AM

amazing pics with awsome view of lava as if you are present there and feeling it...beautiful:)

Posted by Shravanti April 28, 11 09:30 AM

A journey of a absolute creation of the SUPREME BEING, the LORD ALMIGHTY ! May you,explorers, be blessed with constant courage and intelligence to continue the admirable pursuit you so selflessly share with us.Thanks!!!

Posted by Perle C Rafols April 28, 11 11:44 AM

Fantastic photos of lava on camera, made when our solar system was created millions of years ago

Posted by Tony Henton Oxford UK April 28, 11 12:06 PM

Fantastic photos of lava on camera, made when our solar system was created millions of years ago

Posted by Tony Henton Oxford UK April 28, 11 12:07 PM

You are a fool!

Posted by J.M. Brody April 28, 11 12:15 PM

Wonderful pictures, brave explorers, awesome planet! You made my day! Thank you! You know what I don't get? How could some people, nothing more than specks of humanity on this great earth, look at something like this and honestly feel they have to defend their god? Come on folks, if you really believe your god is responsible for all of this and more do you honestly think he/she needs you to stick up for them? KWIM?

Thanks again for allowing us to peek inside our planet!

Posted by Pat Ringeisen April 28, 11 01:09 PM

God,s wonderful world appreciated by human eyes.May His infinite blessings be on the team.

Posted by J.S.Ahluwalia,I.R.S. April 28, 11 01:29 PM

congratulations, what a brilliant sight, and how brave of the men.

Posted by Peggy Milner April 28, 11 03:20 PM

one of the most amazing sights that I have ever seen. it is absolutely breathtaking. I can't imagine a more scary & beautiful sight.

Posted by sidney waldorf April 28, 11 07:01 PM

Gods artwork And isn' HE Fabulous.

from Pico Azores

Posted by Frank Avila April 28, 11 09:33 PM


Posted by HERB April 28, 11 09:41 PM

Thank you for this fantastic pictorial. A tremendous help to educate
the people in the world. A knowledge about the real world and a reminder
to value how we could save the world and its inhabitants.

I praise and thank Jesus for His gifts of the Holy Spirit for us to be gifted
with these opportunities to remember always to lift up to Him all these
wonders in our life in this world! Amen.

Posted by S. V. Roxas April 28, 11 10:41 PM

There is a VERY FINE LINE between brave and insane, and I don't think that the proper word here is 'brave'. Jobfather1

Posted by jobfather1 April 28, 11 10:50 PM

men who do this are CRAZY. I am NOT CRAZY.

Posted by Anonymous April 28, 11 11:20 PM

Great Courage & a great feat. Awsome photographs. Mother earth is amazing & I am sure there are millions of secrets stored in it - yet to be discovered.

Col Y L Saha

Posted by Col Y.L.Saha April 28, 11 11:56 PM

Most awesome site in the world!

Posted by Sandra Ozbirn April 29, 11 12:41 AM


Posted by Joie April 29, 11 01:00 AM

My God, I was there where no one can reach. Thanks to the adventurers and the modern technologies that everyone of us can reach and be part of the places like space, sea bottom and now the core of earth. And thanks to my parents who brought me in this world to experience and thanks to God who decided to make me human who only can experience the Feel, Felt and Found pleasure. And hats off to the dare devils who really bring the impossible on the platter. - Anil Tambe, Pune India

Posted by Anil Tambe April 29, 11 02:33 AM

Who do you think created the Earth, and Nature (GOD!)

As far as destructive forces like volcanos, earthquakes, floods, God does not actively will that these happen, He allows them to happen as part of His permissive will!

Posted by Tym April 29, 11 12:03 PM

Cant we just enjoy nature for natures sake ? Leave the religous debates for the trip home from the childrens hospital. Three cheers for the scientists that have made this colaboration of photographs possible.

Posted by Steve Newlands April 29, 11 03:53 PM


Posted by V.Natarajan April 30, 11 01:16 AM

I just wonder and wonder about the mystery and power of the Earth where we live on. Many thanks for such amazing labour!

Posted by Michael Moon April 30, 11 06:29 AM

Truely awesome photography!

Posted by Sndy April 30, 11 11:07 AM

How awesome is our God. Only He can create something so magnificent that words can hardly describe its beauty. Thank you to the brave explorers for the amazing pictures.

Posted by Grace Carnegie April 30, 11 11:12 AM


Posted by H.BALLHORN April 30, 11 12:37 PM


Posted by H.BALLHORN April 30, 11 12:37 PM

Not "work diligently," but ... "By GRACE are ye saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves. It is the GIFT of God, not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph.2:8, 9. Therein lies the TRUTH, concern our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus!
Thank you.


Posted by Jack Davis April 30, 11 01:17 PM

Absolutely Stunning,amazing pictures

Posted by Anonymous April 30, 11 02:17 PM

GLORY BE ! May ALLAH ALMIGHTY save us from hell fire in the hearafter . This GREAT , BIG fire is nothing compared to the REAL hell which is 70 times hotter than this one as we know from prophet Muhammad peace be upon him .

Posted by FATMA April 30, 11 04:16 PM

My dear homeland has almost all wonders of mother nature, I miss my country so so much...Cheers to the explorers for the very dare adventure to show to the world how my Nyiragongo is not only dangerous to people living in Goma and surrounding villages, it's breathtaking and unpredictable great African volcano...

Posted by Kizito Vyambwera April 30, 11 09:43 PM

awesome ! but it looks like a glimpse of how hell is. Quite dangerous, suicidal job! Another expense by U.N that would /could/should spend on more important things.

Posted by nice aurellano May 1, 11 10:12 AM

wow...... It's amazing.

Posted by theo belvis May 1, 11 12:30 PM

woderfuf'/Iwas there

Posted by sorel leibovici May 1, 11 02:51 PM

I did not receive pictures 17 to 28. Can you resend? Thanks a lot.
This is absolutely amazing. I am literally hypnotised by these pictures. What brave people!!!
Thanks a lot.
God Bless--Anne

Posted by Anne Elphick May 1, 11 04:08 PM

these phones are out of this world I have see valcanos before but they don,t compare to this one

Posted by Roxie May 1, 11 07:30 PM

This is proof that there is no god! It's just amazing.....!!!!

Posted by Charles May 1, 11 09:52 PM

Very interesting in deed.

Equally interesting though are those that do not understand the nature of God. It is clear to me and, I believe, most people that He (GOD) did create everything.
Remember that it is the natural order of things that everything have its' opposition. . . .ie. life/death, white/black, good/evil, believer/non-believer, etc. Be grateful for the non-believers, they make up about a 1/3 of us and if you are one of them, thank you. For the rest of you, give thanks that you are intelligent enough to get it.


Posted by ERNIE May 1, 11 10:09 PM

Los que sostienen la teoría del Big Ban, debieran ver esta creación de Diosy entiendan que realmente Dios ha sido el creador del Universo, la tierra y todo lo vemos en la naturaleza. Este el correo mas impresionante que he recibido. carlos rené

Posted by carlos rene ramirez May 1, 11 11:50 PM

Wonderful Pictures! This is part of DRC and World's Richness. Thank you guys for sharing your effort with people troughout the world. God bless you for this hard labour.

Posted by Baudouin Sivahera May 2, 11 05:45 AM

amazing great courage indeed .A small sample of hell for the disbelievers! thanks for those who risked their lives for us to get to know

Posted by Anonymous May 2, 11 05:56 AM

Oh, how beautiful. Thank you so much, for these awesome pictures.

Posted by Nancy Ontario, Canada May 2, 11 07:52 AM

Very bueatiful photos. I just had to say congradulations to the amazing explorers that have taken part in this amazing journey.

Posted by Teresa Workman May 2, 11 09:42 AM

What I saw it is unbelieveable, Very appreciating mail.

Posted by aslam iqbal May 2, 11 09:45 AM

I salute and thank the courageous explorers. Man should explore the beautiful world instead of fighting with one another.

Truly amazing.

Posted by Jaishankar May 2, 11 12:30 PM

Nature and God are the same. They are one.
We don't understand nature, almost as much as we don't understand god.
All those things we don't understand we sweep it under the carpet called GOD.

Posted by vivianna May 2, 11 02:15 PM

I think I would rather be playing golf. Thanks, though.

Posted by Felix Wahalachuk May 2, 11 04:13 PM

Thank God for people who share these ......absolutely wonderful and takes me out of the negative news in the world.....Thanks

Posted by Helen Getzinger May 2, 11 04:51 PM

It is hard to believe that the centre of the earth is on fire. How far will it go?

Posted by Harvey Bisgould May 2, 11 05:32 PM

Absolutely amazing. This 83 year old thanks you for such beautiful pictures - and the bravery of these gentlemen. Pretend I am your grandmother and I am saying ' be careful' and god bless you for these wonderful pictures. From Cape Cod -thank you again.

Posted by Jean MacLeod Kelley May 2, 11 07:03 PM

I admire the bravery of the team, but because of it we can appreciate God's creation.

Posted by Cynthia B. Reid May 2, 11 08:05 PM

I didn't know such a thing exists. Beyond words. I want to go.

Posted by Greta Tyler May 2, 11 09:38 PM

Simply Awesome!Never seen in life before something like this

Posted by R.P. Dnde May 3, 11 12:05 AM

One of the best pages on the internet. I am overwhelmed with nature's wonder.

Posted by Shubhodeep Ghosh May 3, 11 01:44 AM

for the next expedition i\m going with you! ^^

Posted by edzia May 3, 11 04:43 AM

Absolutely fanbloodytastic - but, I'm sorry - God had nothing to do with it.

Posted by Leon Shaw May 3, 11 05:35 AM

edan pisann cool

Posted by one2pret May 3, 11 06:44 AM

@ Viviana, I agree with you 100%. Everything we see and we couldn't see but feel are the creations of God. These wonderful creations of God are here for us to explore and enjoy. Thanks for those brave scientists and explorers who took these pictures for us to enjoy.

Posted by Van May 3, 11 07:26 AM

Amazing story and fantastic photos. Thank you. Goma has got to be one of the most life-changing places I have ever visited!

Posted by Ron May 3, 11 10:36 AM

What wonderful pictures!

Posted by Anonymous May 3, 11 12:07 PM

Man, Man, Man. Blessed be the Lord God almighty.......!

Posted by Ken May 3, 11 02:04 PM

wow volcanoes look so cool ima go swin in one of them

Posted by javier torres May 3, 11 02:55 PM

I thank God everyday that he saved me and I know I will meet him face to face in the future. Makes you realize where you would go if you are not a Christian. God is so good.

Mary K. May 2, 2011

Posted by Mary K May 3, 11 02:58 PM

Thanks to those brave scientists and explorers who took these pictures for us to enjoy. Praise also to the Lord for being able to see a very small portion of what he created.

Posted by Don Stewart May 3, 11 05:05 PM

wonderful spectacular amazing pictures captured by Mr Grunewald's keen eyes in collaboration with the adventurous, dedicated scientists/explorers who were intrigued with God's creation! Thank you for sharing such magnificence of beauty. May your quests continues

Posted by Soledad reynolds May 3, 11 05:14 PM

Total awsomeness

Posted by Anonymous May 3, 11 06:40 PM

Why couldn't they just fly overhead in a helicopter and take the photos? It would've been so much safer than walking on the floor of the beast!!!! And how much did the jaunt cost? Priceless!!!!!

Posted by JimKatWatkins May 3, 11 10:16 PM

Awesome. Makes you feel puny and in awe of nature's power and grandeur.

Posted by R.Ramakrishnan May 4, 11 01:39 AM

its just too great and hope these people go on 2 explore many more things in this wide world of ours.but only if we keep it as wide as it was.SAVE OUR EARTH.yes plz take it seriously and i'm sure we can achieve even better by doing that.God bless u.

Posted by anu May 4, 11 03:09 AM

its amazing how something so scary can look so beautiful as well
great story and beautiful pictures

Posted by sh3hnaz jay May 4, 11 03:14 AM

I respect all those men and women involved in this research, that could cost their life.

Posted by Kesari Parvatesam May 4, 11 10:05 AM

Brilliant and daring

Many thanks for the opportunity to watch

Posted by Judge May 4, 11 10:05 AM

Natures SPECIAL EFFECTS Department !

Posted by Ron Freeman May 4, 11 10:23 AM

It's good to know that there are still guys like Indiana Jones about.

Posted by Anonymous May 4, 11 10:58 AM

E esta???Hem ! Hem!!!Hem!!!

Posted by manela coelho May 4, 11 11:18 AM

Reading these postings show .. how people are in appreciating great projects....... Expensive "maybe".. but the result is outstanding.

I never find greatnest by visiting "Cities Dump"......

Horray for that project.... Thanks for sharing

Posted by J.P.DAVID May 4, 11 01:02 PM

"What do you mean no one brought the marshmallows"!

Posted by Anonymous May 4, 11 03:09 PM

inredible, wonderful,only once in my life can see these pictures.
Thank you

Posted by s, k. yee May 5, 11 12:40 AM

Great photos and from either very stupid explorers or explorers with a terrific telephoto lens. I hope the latter. But why does this make anyone believe in God, It is like a million other beautiful and amazing aspects of nature. Just take a look down a microscope at just about any biological specimen for example.

Posted by Brian Robertson May 5, 11 01:13 AM

Wonderful and magnificient photography. Wish I could have been part of the expedition team.

Posted by N. Thejpal sy\uvarna May 5, 11 01:17 AM


Posted by SUNNY MALHAN May 5, 11 02:38 AM

Beautiful photos but.... the money expended on this operation could have better uses. We need to channel it to better causes.

Posted by H. Pashy May 5, 11 09:46 AM

Some people in the writings above, can only think of money, how much it costs and the money could be chanelled into other things. If Christopher Columbus hadn't ventured forth, where would we be today? You have to move forward to have knowledge to be able to move further forward. Anything short of that and we would all be standing still.

Posted by Paul Johnston May 5, 11 10:21 AM


Posted by Paul C Walker May 5, 11 01:12 PM

There are so many beautiful things that the good Lord has given us to enjoy but sad that so many people don't even know they exists Thanks for the opportunity to visit this place through the photos as I will never get to Africa. God bless the explorers and keep them safe.....God bless America....

Posted by S, Rushing May 5, 11 11:07 PM

these guys are nuts.

Posted by Terraagirl May 6, 11 12:17 AM

I hope this nature- wonder makes us more respectful and humble than arrogant in pursuit of winning over nature--which never we will!

Posted by ap singh May 6, 11 12:44 AM

great experience of a life time for all those who cannot reach near a volcano----.Ajayakumar

Posted by Ajayakumar May 6, 11 01:15 AM


Posted by Kaustav May 6, 11 03:19 AM

Interesting but I would not feel sorry for those guys if by chance it erupted, and I can't understand what godalmighty? has to do with it. It's just part of the natural world. What I find amazing is that there are an overwhelming number of religious fanatics posting, unreal.

Posted by jillian May 6, 11 04:09 AM

I want to give special thanks to the people that gave God the credit

Posted by Joe May 6, 11 08:53 AM

God, no God, Schmod, Todd, Rod...NONE of us know for certain. Just enjoy the moment and the beauty.

Posted by Brian May 6, 11 10:32 AM

Truly heroic men! Amazing!!!

Posted by Pat G. May 6, 11 10:59 AM

probably, not one of us have ever seen pics like these, and never will again.. this is once in a lifetime, and I am glad i was one of these lucky people who have been fortunate to see these photos. god bless you all that took them and share it with all of us.

Posted by Bill Billet May 6, 11 12:23 PM

How did they do that?
I can not believe it.

Posted by linweichih May 7, 11 12:41 AM

How can anyone believe that we have any hope of correcting earth's carbon dioxide levels, when we view this as the mere pin-prick of volcanic activity on earth's crust, and with no conception of the hundreds of active volcanos under the seas ?. This is a mere example of evolution's power and infinite continuity on earth, let alone the universe, let alone the milky way,let alone and so on,and so on. May nations all see the futility of wasting expenditure on any attempt to control climate change. Let us all focus on the real problems that we can help to improve now.
Nevertheless, courageous!, breathtaking !, exraordinary!........Dudley.May 7,2011 12.46 PM. Australia.

Posted by Dudley Campbell May 7, 11 12:49 AM

why would any sane person want to give Jesus credit for this. It makes no sense. If anything it would be the devil who lives comfortably under the lava

Posted by howard yonet May 7, 11 01:58 AM

been there myself

Posted by b r May 7, 11 05:32 PM


Posted by lolomgwha May 7, 11 11:34 PM

Amazing Thanks Guys for risking life and Limb to further our understanding of what makes a Volcano tick, and The Photo's are out of this World. as an Artist these are the pictures that inspire me to paint.

Posted by Steve Rayner May 8, 11 04:20 AM

Great pictures, splendid .Nice email by my nice friend Dr Sirajuddin Thanks

Posted by Dr Pramod Bansod Indore (India) May 8, 11 04:21 AM

OK, God created this amazing spectacle and then took a nap while death,destruction, genocide,murder,rape,cruelty of every dimension took hold and still holds sway. The devil?; created him too...whats with that charmng move? We are bereft of any help or support from "God". M'thimks He's off attempting to correct his errors somewhere in the Universe.

Posted by Wanderer May 8, 11 05:32 AM

Wow, the pictures are almost as amazing as the plethora of mindless comments they have generated. There is either no God and the lava lake is meaningless or there is a degree of degeneracy achievable in the human heart that can make one immune to even the greatest of God's physical appeals to our sense of God consciousness.

Posted by Travis May 8, 11 04:37 PM

God's wonderful world? Lava that destroys hundreds of people at a whack? Gases that pollute the earth's atmosphere? Earthquakes? Tsunamis? Tornadoes? Hurricanes? Avalanches? Floods? They may look pretty conceptually -- and at a distance -- but they are killers in disguise. Nature in tooth and claw, not God, is a more accurate description of what this and other natural phenomena mean.

Posted by Don Bates May 8, 11 06:05 PM

Absolutely marvelous pics. To think that we can enjoy the craziness of the men that took them for us to enjoy. WOW!!
Wanderer, God indeed made the earth. He also gave mankind freewill to rise or fall as THEY will thus death, destruction, war, murder, rape, etc.
Satan is a "fallen" angel and thus is a protagonist. Believe what you wish Wanderer, the end will reveal Gods truth! Salsytoo Oregon May 8

Posted by Sally Douglas May 8, 11 07:03 PM

Its funny how they can't just be enjoyable beautiful pictures, because all the nut jobs have to prove their religious points, just let people be people and stick with your beliefs......stop pushing it on others and enjoy the amazing pictures.....hats off to the guys for that journey....I would love to do something like that

Posted by Scott May 8, 11 11:09 PM

This is a volcano, not god. We know about volcanoes, but no one knows if there is or isn't a god.
Please do your best to live the inquiry. You may find out when you die, or everything could just end.

Posted by Am Sushing May 9, 11 01:09 AM

These are astonishing photos - they remind me of some of the shots I saw taken by (or in company with) Maurice and Katia Kraft before their deaths at the Unzen eruption in the early 1990s. Whether you believe in some sort of deity or not - I don't, and tend to skim over the comments that insist on that belief - this is clearly an active living planet, and deserving of the caution and respect of those species who live on the surface.

Posted by Deborah Grabien May 9, 11 02:31 AM

Amazing but incredibly beautiful. Thanks for the courage to face Mother Earth.

Posted by Sally Kendrick May 9, 11 10:14 AM

awesome thrilling

Posted by ashutosh May 9, 11 10:45 AM

Living and loving this life and planet we call home. Your expedition brings man a step closer to Mother Earth's heartbeat. Bravo.

Posted by Mee'Sha May 9, 11 11:30 AM

What I find most interesting here is the intolerance of people to respect each other's beliefs. No wonder the earth is boiling beneath us! I happen to be a Christian but I see no reason to defend my beliefs. Let's just enjoy the pictures and give thanks for this age we're living in where we can witness the most awesome events from the safety of our homes. Peace to everyone!

Posted by Jennifer May 9, 11 01:06 PM

I am blessed to have had the opportunity to see these magnificent photographs. Fantastic.! Wish I could have been there.

Posted by Will Godfrey May 9, 11 03:39 PM

Another wonderful example of what some of us might call nature in action. A totally unplanned reality show. The team had a lot of balls and were obviously well prepared. Great photos for all us less dedicated souls. A big thanks for providing such great photographs as great risk.

Posted by David Rosier May 9, 11 05:05 PM

Awesome,thanks for the Knowledge also, gutsy Fellows.

Posted by Ashok pragji May 9, 11 05:17 PM

Amazing photographs! Thanks for sharing them with us. I just wish the religious people would keep their religion to themselves instead of trying to cram it down everyone elses throat! I don't try to push my personal beliefs on you, so please don't feel like you have to advertise your beliefs on this site. Just go to church and thank your God there!

Posted by Gayle May 9, 11 07:16 PM

Ive lived to see another of earth wonders (82 Years) thanks to allthe guys who risked there lives.

Posted by Jack Robinson May 9, 11 07:16 PM

hats off to the souls who dared to explore it and bring back those spectacular pictures of mother nature. Thanks for sharing the knowledge with us.

Posted by dr partha guha roy May 9, 11 09:11 PM

This molten mass is at the center of the Earth, right under your house !

Posted by Ted May 9, 11 11:29 PM

Amazing photography by brave men!

Posted by Judy M - Ottawa, Canada May 10, 11 12:44 AM

We're so lucky god made the internet so we can enjoy these pix.

Posted by Sue May 10, 11 02:13 AM


Posted by nayan May 10, 11 02:18 AM

Just take a few moments and think of the SACRIFICE these people are giving for US! They deserve our utmost respect and graditude!! Without them and their research, the future of our planet could be dismal. So goes anything tied to science; we have seen astounding progress from the dedication of these men and women. They are the true Heros of our country!

Posted by LINDA May 10, 11 03:59 AM

I had gone down a crater in iceland.but this is far more interesting &dangerous.great quality work.which insurance co covered these guys?dr.n.d.desai mumbai.

Posted by Dr.N.D,DESAI May 10, 11 04:32 AM

Nothing to do with god (or God)whoever that person is. All this has to do with is forces of nature as explained by mathematics and science and common sense!

Posted by Ashvin May 10, 11 06:04 AM

Most stunning pictures of nature in its might I have ever seen. Hats off to the brave members of the team who made this possible.

Posted by Rafi Sadurian May 10, 11 07:45 AM

Excellent photography, and sharing these photos gives us the opportunity to see yet another one of mother natures many wonders. She gets the credit, so keep your religious opinions to yourself.

Posted by Rebecca May 10, 11 09:46 AM

If this expedition really had any scientific value, it would have been a more-sensible assignment for a robot! But as a death-defying adventure, this expedition would be hard to surpass. The pictures are awe-inspiring.

Posted by Dave McMillin May 10, 11 09:55 AM

So, so, so tired of religious bickering -- the cause of so many wars and conflicts.
Keep your faith/beliefs to yourself and let everyone enjoy these photos on their own terms.
Is that too hard to do?

Posted by Kathleen May 10, 11 10:31 AM

Truly spectacular photo work!
Thanks to the brave scientists that brought these images up close and personal!

Posted by Tom W May 10, 11 10:44 AM

It needs raw courage to do what these amazing people have done. The most amazing photography which has been shot at the risk of their lives. Truly grateful for giving the common man like us to be able to witness something so beautiful and daringly different.

Thank you and may god be with you

Posted by ARUN PANDURANG May 10, 11 12:51 PM

These guys must be nuts! but brave!

Posted by Joe E.Seward May 10, 11 01:08 PM

The courage and determination of these men is as powerful as the pictures. If people would spend 5 minutes a day reflecting about the beauty of nature, our planet would look and feel considerably better. These photos are fantastically beautiful, but no more than a flower bloom or the smell of morning dew in early spring. Wish we could offer nature a tiny bit of what it offers us.
M. Suidan, Haifa

Posted by Michel Suidan May 10, 11 04:15 PM


Posted by JACK L ROBERTS May 10, 11 06:12 PM

Gods many wonders to enjoy! thank you for sharing....

Posted by Herb M. Jr. May 10, 11 08:25 PM

amazing.these guys must be dare devils.

Posted by gajapathy rao May 10, 11 10:50 PM

what a wonderful experience..... higher the risk greater the return.

Posted by maryann massillamany May 10, 11 10:59 PM

Thanks for sharing such sites unknown to the world.BRAVE guys.

Posted by Arun Puranik May 11, 11 03:47 AM

Wonderful.It is god country!

Posted by Edward Pereira May 11, 11 04:22 AM

this is absolutely fascinating and thank god for these men who go to these dangerous lengths to explore our world. thank god for the explorers of our world.

Posted by abeda May 11, 11 05:52 AM

It is amazing, challenging, and off-course Gods puzzle to us

Posted by Rajan Xavier May 11, 11 08:45 AM

Never seen a pic like this before

Posted by Bond Singh May 11, 11 08:59 AM

What a wonder to behold. Whether one chooses to believe in an All Knowing Creator or not, the ultimate responsibility for that choice lies upon their shoulders alone.

I'm often amazed at the grandeur of our planet and yet it leaves me with wonderous speculation about what God has created beyond this earthly realm. Earth is bootcamp for the soul.

Posted by Robert Cleveland May 11, 11 09:10 AM

Not only stunning photos, but the most important is the heroic work to collect data to a better knowledge of Earth , Universe and why not , ourselves.
There is honors and condecorations to those fight in wars, winning against weaker enemies. And for those that without any advantage fight against so terrible forces, not for conquest, money,or any excuse motif, but for well of man, lasts only a poor comment or, in better chance, a note or a small prize in a publication read by 1 in a million. After centyries of "civilization", weapon rules over pen, and Science continues being a sub-product of war.

Posted by Carlos AM Prado May 11, 11 09:12 AM

Simply breathtaking!. Wonder what impact a video of the crater will have on the viewers?

Posted by sunil May 11, 11 10:52 AM

Wondrous photos only surpassed by the shared spirit of adventure. THANK YOU on behalf of timidity.

Posted by Glenn Lane May 11, 11 02:56 PM

Man goes where angels fear to tread ! Amazing spirit ! Humanity and mankind often does not know these heroes of everyday, hankering after the psoterboys/girls of cinema and politics.

Posted by Rishi May 12, 11 12:06 AM

Great article with beautiful images! Who was responsible for packing the marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers?

Posted by Cody Chinn May 12, 11 09:19 AM

I am so very tired of this "God" stuff. If God were so wonderful and created this volcano, he could not have just happened. Then who or what created God? Just admire the amazing pictures. Keep the other thoughts to yourselves.

Posted by Leslie May 12, 11 09:56 AM

As a geologist, I appreciate just how risky this venture was. Volcanologists have the shortest life span of all geologists - for obvious reasons. There's nothing more unpredictable than a volcano. Single burp of hydrogen sulfide gas or magma could have killed any or all of the team members.

What impresses me more than getting into the volcano - is the fact that they got back out...alive.

Well done.

Posted by Mike Renz May 12, 11 10:01 AM

I feel sorry for the people that don't beleive in God, one of these days GOD
will come to them ( and say what do you need) I pray for people that don't have christ in their heart.
Those pictures were awesome or WOW!!!!
Who do they think did it , you know it couldn't do all that own its own , it is the same when we have a need and trusting the Lord and put our trust in him, he takes care of it.(we cannot do things in our own )
Praying for you!!!

Posted by Lorita Austin May 12, 11 12:06 PM

Fasinating pictures. But, 1165 - We're lucky that God made the internet? Really?

Posted by Judith May 12, 11 12:52 PM

Cool, need a packhorse on next trip I'm in.

Posted by Dave Atkinson May 12, 11 04:49 PM

I am retired military that served during 3 wars...I am glad that I wasn't
ordered t go with these guys.....

Posted by Ben Hynum May 12, 11 06:57 PM

Is this the same God that creates the suffering of innocent children?. Incredible photographs of an amazing place. Leave your God out of it.

Posted by Bob Danks May 12, 11 08:27 PM


Posted by ROVER May 12, 11 11:25 PM

Absolutely amazing photographs. Its just such a pity religious nuts pollute and dilute good nature sites with their superstitious explanations of life and nature.

Posted by Mark May 12, 11 11:40 PM

It is awesome !! While wondering about the creations of God, one must appreciate the brave scientists' adventure to explore such things !!

Posted by Rau May 13, 11 01:32 AM

Most definitely awesome but only men would attempt such a thing. It's a wonder they all made it out alive. Volcanoes are so unpredictable as i live on an island that has a constant volcanic activity.

Posted by Anonymous May 13, 11 01:42 AM

Great job done, volcanologists & explorers to advance science & geology.We can see how amazing & awesome is our God.

Posted by jeyi May 13, 11 05:12 AM

Everyone is entitled to their views. If this amazing spectacle of nature and the heroism of those who bring us so close to it makes some people think of God, they're simply expressing their views, and that's fine by me. But saying things like " this makes you realize where you would go if you are not a Christian" --in this day and age -- is idiotically and ludicrously ignorant. People would hurt each other less if they stopped believing that the originator of this incomprehensibly vast and complex universe is a vindictive, petty-minded, egocentric omnipotent male who picks favorites.. Call that power God if you like, but don't reduce God to fit your mind. Expand your mind to understand God

Posted by Chitra May 13, 11 08:06 AM

Reminds me of that movie if they paid a guy a million dollars to jump into a volcano, man, your nuts i would rather put my head in a hornets nest.

Posted by Shane May 13, 11 08:28 AM
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