Indonesian Volcano Spews Hauntingly Beautiful Blue Lava
2014-01-09 0:00

By Sumitra | 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.


Photographer Olivier Grunewald tried to capture these otherworldly blue flames in 2008, and lost two lenses and a camera in his quest for the perfect photos. He wore gas masks for the shoot and had to discard his clothing afterward. If you still want to go, make sure you don’t step into the lake – it’s pure acid.

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