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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Nature's palette

Fumaroles are vents in the earth's crust to allow escape of hot fumes and steam; these are characteristic features of any geothermal area This photo shows a fumarole, shot at the 'Valley of Geysers', Kamchatka, Russia. The surrounding colours are a contribution from the condensed sulphur vapour escaping from the vent, thermophilic bacteria which produce pigments and lichens. Together they produce a wide array of colours which is a visual treat.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2020
Photo Location: Russia
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Suranjan Mukherjee