Volcanoes are obviously very powerful forces of nature. They have the potential to be extremely destructive, but like so many things that hold danger, we are captivated by them. They have a certain beauty as well when observed from a safe distance.
On this page you will find volcano pictures, some facts, and links to information to whet your appetite. I've included links to other pages that will tell you more about each volcano represented here.
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Photo by Mike Baird.
The Beauty of a Volcano
If you want to see some live shots, find a volcano web cam by visiting this site.
A powerful eruption in progress is captured in this image. The photographer, Frank Siteman took this picture of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. It is said to be among the ten most active volcanoes in the world.
About Volcanoes: There are several types of volcanoes. Cinder Cone, Composite or Stratovolcanoes, Shield, Spatter Cones, and Complex or Compound Volcanoes. You can learn more about each of these here.
Another of the most active volcanoes on the planet, the Kilauea Volcano is on the big island of Hawaii, USA. This image shows lava flowing into the sea.
This volcano picture shows the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica when things are a bit more tranquil. This photograph was taken by John Coletti.
About Volcanoes: According to this article there are approximately 20 volcanoes erupting at any given time. Clearly some volcanoes are "extinct" or inactive and some are underwater. There are no active volcanoes on the mainland of Australia although there are some on the islands in the area.
The Arenal Volcano is also quiet here but the glowing orange sky appears to reflect it's potential wrath.
About Volcanoes: It's estimated that there are 50-70 active volcanoes at this time. If you want to see a comprehensive list of all of the volcanoes in the world you can find that information here.
Rising steam adds a sense of the surreal to this volcano picture taken of the caldera (the depression in the center of the volcano) of Mount Etna, Italy. Bethune Carmichael is the photographer.
About Volcanoes: If you're adventuresome, it is certainly possible to take a sightseeing tour to view an active volcano. Of course, visiting one of the most active gives you a chance to see some action in the form of escaping steam or smoke, and perhaps, some lava. Many active volcanoes are within parks and tourist areas. This article tells you which are the most active volcanoes.
This is a shot of another active volcano during the daytime. The steam and smoke can be seen for miles around. This photograph was taken by Sandy Ostroff of Mount Merapi, a conical volcano in Borobodun, Indonesia.
This image of Mount Etana in Italy, shows sparks flying against the blackened night sky. A dramatic view captured by photographer Ralph Crane.
About Volcanoes: Even if you can't visit an active volcano, it is possible to keep up with their activity through images on the internet. The link near the top of the page will direct you to some of the webcams available. However, this page will give you access to satellite images.
Viewers get a glimpse of a darkened of Mount Fuji just beyond the city lights of Mitsu Tohge, Yamanashi, Japan. Karen Kasmauski is the photographer
This volcano picture provides a view of a cooling, hardening lava flow.
The location is not identified but the image is provided by photographer Marc Moritsch.
About Volcanoes: Lava is not the most deadly part of a volcano, The blast itself, gases and so forth are more likely to harm you. Although lava can get as hot as 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, it moves so slowly, that most people can easily out run it. This article discusses how close you can get and how to collect lava.
Here you find a crisp view of Lake Taal and the caldera of volcano Taal located in Luzon Island, Philippines.
Noboru Komine is the photographer.
Photographer Joseph Baylor Roberts provides this volcano picture featuring the snow, glacier covered Mount Shishaldin located in the Aleutian Chain of Alaska. It is also among one of the most active volcanoes.
Showcasing a beautiful sunrise, this image shows Augustine volcano during an inactive period. It is located along the Katmai Coast in Alaska, USA.
Howie Garber is the photographer.
Above the canopy of trees, we get a view of Mount Gunung Batur. It is an active volcano in Bali, Indonesia.
The photographer is Gavin Hellier.
This image gives us a good look at Koryaksky volcano with snow blanketing it's slopes. It is a conical volcano and lies in eastern Russia, in Kamchatka, East Siberia.
Anthony Waltham is the photographer.
This is a sunset scene of another stratovolcano, this is Villarrica in Villarrica National Park, Chile.
The photographer is Bobby Haas.
A beautiful sunrise scene of Lake Atitlin with San Pedro volcano in the background. It is an extinct composite volcano located in Guatemala.
The photographer is Michele Falzone.
Photographer Bruno Morandi provides this image of Mount Bromo, another active stratovolcano in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in Java, Indonesia.
Photographer Jeff Greenburg gives us a look into the opening of Popocatepetl in Mexico. This is another active volcano and the second highest peak in Mexico as well.
About Volcanoes: An erupting volcano has tremendous power. It is said the most powerful eruption occurred in 1883 when Krakatau in Indonesia erupted. The explosion was heard 3,000 miles away. You can learn all about it on this page. You can also learn a bit more about exactly how an eruption occurs here.
Photographer Robert Francis proivdes this image of the Monti Calcarazzi Fissure and glowing lava flows coming down the south flank of Mt. Etna. Mt. Etna is an active composite volcano, the tallest in Europe.
About Volcanoes: Many volcanoes are situated near population centers, putting millions of people's lives at risk. Luckily, there are things we can do to predict when a volcano will erupt. This article provides an overview of how scientists work to predict these eruptions.
With this photograph we get an up close, nighttime view of lava flows as they move forward and finally cascade into the ocean, creating steam and surreal scene. Stephen Alvarez is the photographer.
About Volcanoes: Lava is, of course, molten rock which is emitted from an erupting volcano. As it cools, it hardens. You can learn more about lava in this Wikipedia article.