Tuesday, October 3, 2017

How About Some Blue Lava...?

To tell the truth, I really don't like the idea of being around ANY lava, no matter what the color is. Just doesn't hold any interest for me.

I'll admit that it's probably pretty to look at, but I'll be just as happy looking at the pictures...thank you very much!

Blue Lava

Photo credit: National Geographic

One of the most destructive occurrences in our world is the explosion of a volcano. But in Indonesia, the Kawah Ijen crater on the island of Java appears to spout blue lava instead of the traditional yellow and orange tones we are all used to.

The most interesting part is the confusion this produces. The lava is not inherently blue. Instead, this event is produced by the combustion of a high concentration of sulfur in the area of the volcano. When sulfur ignites, it burns with a blue flame. So when the high concentration of sulfur comes in contact with the lava, the lava appears to turn blue.

In reality, it’s only the blue flames from the sulfur flowing down the mountain. That’s why this effect only appears at night.

Nature can sure surprise us, either in a good way or a bad one. I prefer to take the good, I reckon.

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. It's raining outside.


linda m said...

I am with you, don't care to see lava close up. Pictures will do just fine. The "blue" effect sure is pretty though.

Momlady said...

Wouldn't mind seeing it from a distance but pictures will have to do. Hope you are feeling top notch.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Nice to look at but I'd avoid getting too close.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Momlady...
I try and avoid volcanic places altogether. Don't like those kinds of surprises, ya know?
Thanks for coming over today!

JO said...

It is pretty but like you I can leave it. That is some very deadly stuff.

I'll have coffee with you in the kitchen this morning.

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Ditto to all of the above. Don't want to share that adventure on any travels!
Big Hugs ~

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
It could hurt ya pretty easily, that's for sure.
Thanks for dropping by, sweetie!

Hey Sis...
No volcanos in your future travels? Can't say I blame ya one bit!
Thanks, sis, for the visit today!