15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Sparkeling bombs

Batu Rara is a volcano located on Komba island, off Lembata in Indonesia. I have been climbing volcanoes for many years, but this is the first time I witness how the gas pushes the rocks. As the crater partly collapsed, we can see both the bottom of the explosion within the rim, and the full cloud.

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Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: lembata island, Indonesia
Copyright: © florent mamelle