Rather spectacular. Antarctica + volcano + lava + eruption + camera = near miss lava bomb, steaming in the snow.
Green coloured lava is possibly due to the lack of an infrared filter.
Mount Erebus (3,794 meters), the world's southernmost historically
active volcano, overlooks the McMurdo research station on Ross Island.
Erebus is the largest of three major volcanoes forming the crudely
triangular Ross Island. The summit has been modified by several
generations of caldera formation.
For Mount Erebus, a summit plateau at about 3,200 meters altitude
marks the rim of the youngest caldera, within which the modern cone was
constructed. An elliptical 500 x 600 meter wide, 110-meter-deep crater
truncates the summit and contains an active lava lake within a
250-meter-wide, 100-meter-deep inner crater.
The glacier-covered volcano was erupting when first sighted by
Captain James Ross in 1841. Continuous lava-lake activity has been
documented since 1972, punctuated by occasional strombolian explosions
that eject lava bombs onto the crater rim.
explosions occurred in September to December 1984. Earthquakes were
felt, with glow and increased steaming observed from the McMurdo Sound
research station 37 kilometers southwest of the volcano (P. Kyle and
others, in Smithsonian Institution, 1984). The summit crater lava lake
was buried by ejecta between 13 September 1984 and October 1984. When
the lake was exhumed in December 1985 it was 15 meters in diameter, and
it grew to 20 meters in diameter by December 1986 (P. Kyle, written
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