Mind-Blowing Video of Blue Lava Pouring Out of Indonesian Volcano

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…  Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.” – Roy Batty, Bladerunner.

Via Oddity Central.

There are plenty of natural treasures hidden away in the most unsuspecting places on Earth. One of them is an Indonesian sulfur mine, Kawah Ijen, that produces stunning, spectral blue lava. The images of this mine are so breathtaking, I could just stare at them for hours.

Kawah Ijen is a part of the Ijen volcano complex – a group of stratovolcanoes in East Java, Indonesia – with an active crater that’s 200 meters deep. The complex is also home to the world’s largest turquoise-colored acidic lake, full of sulfuric acid. The lake is a sulfur mining site; miners carry sulfur-laden baskets by hand from the crater floor.

The miners work at night to double their meagre income, but they don’t have to worry about the dark. Kawah Ijen, an ordinary rocky crater by day, transforms into a stunning display of electric blue light at night.

5 Comments on "Mind-Blowing Video of Blue Lava Pouring Out of Indonesian Volcano"

  1. kowalityjesus | Jan 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm |

    WELL, the lava itself is not blue. But it does look bah-dahss.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jan 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm |

    Dude. Sweet.

  3. blair houghton | Jan 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm |

    Chemicals. Sulfur gas burns blue. It has to do with the quantized nature of the energy-level transitions of individual electrons during the combustion reaction, not the overall heat being released. Pure blackbody-radiation type color temperature would go from red to yellow to white, which is what you’re thinking of. Chem-lab bunsen burners and stovetop burners and Bic lighters are blue because they’re burning methane or butane or propane, which also burn blue. The amount of heat released can be increased by optimizing the rate of the reaction and increasing the rate at which the reactants flow. But that also purifies the reaction so that only the associated colors are released, not the entire spectrum as a hot body would give off. A bunsen flame goes from blue to yellow when you restrict the airflow and the reaction doesn’t complete and leaves carbon particles (soot) that then get heated to incandescence and give off yellow-white light; it also makes the reaction less efficient and less hot. But this isn’t that. This is just stuff that burns with a blue flame, at whatever temperature it burns at. Though you can see little licks of yellow in it from time to time.

  4. Ferdinand Marcos 2.0 | Jan 11, 2014 at 8:46 am |

    Looks like blue lava.

  5. That makes a lot more sense — I saw this before and thought maybe it was some kind of gas on fire because it looks like propane or butane kind of. Thanks for posting!

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