Today I didn’t buy a plastic skeleton, no, I bought a friend.
i really want to carry a torch in a cave just like one time
Ambrym is a large basaltic volcano with a 12-km-wide caldera. It is not only one of the most active volcanoes of Vanuatu, but also in the world. Ambrym’s caldera is a wide, impressive moon-like landscape containing an ash plain, cut by innumerable erosion gullies and containing several active craters and recent lava flows.
The caldera is believed to have formed during a major plinian eruption with dacitic pyroclastic flows about 1900 years ago. Activity after the caldera formation was concentrated around two vents that have become large complex craters called Marum and Benbow. Often, both Marum and Benbow (as well as other craters) contain small lava lakes, which occasionally erupt lava flows onto the caldera floor, or even exit the caldera through erosion gaps.
To capture close-up footage of this lava lake on the Pacific island of Vanuatu, Geoff Mackley and his colleagues had to brave excruciating heat and some rather precarious-looking abseiling.
You can see more incredible shots at Mackley’s website.
Credit: Geoff Mackley, Bradley Ambrose, Nathan Berg
Green Cliffs, Faroe Islands | Jan Erik Waider
Leigh M. McCloskey | Summer Solstice vs Winter Solstice
Ivory four-case inro, 19th century, red lacquer ebi,
The magical Tufted Coquette! This beautiful hummingbird can be found sipping nectar in South America.
Spotting of the Day: This bizarre looking “alien” is actually a species of mantis! The conehead mantis or mantis palo, is native to the Mediterranean region.
Empusa pennata spotted by AnaValadares
through Project Noah
Lunation - a complete lunar cycle. (Credit: António Cidadão)
Basket Star - Astrocladus cf. euryale
Basket stars are a group of ophiuroids (Ophiuroidea - Euryalida - Gorgonocephalidae) in which the five arms are very branched. Most of them remain hidden during the day but come out at night, extending their arms into the water to trap food particles.
The Basket Star Astrocladus euryale (in the photos) is a species native to South Africa, whose arms are branched successively and are covered with pale spots. Sometimes this Basket star is commonly referred to as Gorgon’s Head.