Indonesia's Kawah Ijen volcano looks like any other while the sun is up in the sky. When nighttime comes, the mood shifts to something surreal, as the volcano's sulfur-laden lava burns off an aura of azure. It breaks through the dark of night like the light at the end of a tunnel.
The other-worldly images were captured by French photographer Olivier Grunewald last year, and in an interview with National Geographic, he mentioned that "this blue glow — unusual for a volcano — isn't, of course, lava." He continues in a statement to Smithsonian Magazine, "It is due to the combustion of sulfuric gases in contact with air at temperatures above 360°C."
Grunewald works with his partner, Bernadette Gilbertas, a journalist, to tell amazing stories around the world. The clip below is what they ended up with on this trip to Southeast Asia, and the footage speaks for itself.
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