November 10, 2003

Mountain of God

In a remote corner of Tanzania stands an astonishing mountain called Ol Doinyo Lengai, where lava fountains harden in midair then shatter like glass.

It's also been called the strangest volcano on earth.

The late photographer and renowned volcano chaser Katia Krafft was captivated by what she called the "toy volcano" because its diminutive flows are cool enough to collect with a spoon.

"It's a perfect little laboratory volcano," agrees Barry Dawson of the University of Edinburgh.

There's more about this odd little piece of our planet here and here and here, including lots of pictures. If you can get your hands on a copy of the January 2003 issue of National Geographic magazine, there is an excellent article including some spectacular photographs.

Posted by Ted at November 10, 2003 08:41 AM
Category: SciTech

I saw that very same article, in the very same issue that you mentioned! Aaaaaah, National's the magazine my mother taught me to read with. I've been a faithful fan since I was 18 months old!

*sigh* someday I'll be able to afford a subscription again...I'd love to get it for my son!


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at November 10, 2003 07:19 PM
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