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Nyiragongo Crater: Journey to the Center of the World

In June 2010, a team of scientists and intrepid explorers stepped onto the shore of the lava lake boiling in the depths of Nyiragongo Crater, in the heart of the Great Lakes region of Africa. The team had dreamed of this: walking on the shores of the world’s largest lava lake. Members of the team had been dazzled since childhood by the images of the 1960 documentary “The Devil’s Blast” by Haroun Tazieff, who was the first to reveal to the public the glowing red breakers crashing at the bottom of Nyiragongo crater. Photographer Olivier Grunewald was within a meter of the lake itself, giving us a unique glimpse of its molten matter.


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Sulfur mining in Kawah Ijen

In East Java, Indonesia lies Kawah Ijen volcano, 2,600 meters tall (8,660ft), topped with a large caldera and a 200-meter-deep lake of sulfuric acid. The quietly active volcano emits gases through fumaroles inside the crater, and local miners have tapped those gases to earn a living. Stone and ceramic pipes cap the fumaroles, and inside, the sulfur condenses into a molten red liquid, dripping back down and solidifying into pure sulfur. Miners hack chunks off with steel bars, braving extremely dangerous gases and liquids with minimal protection, then load up as much as they can carry for the several kilometers to the weighing station. Loads can weigh from 45 to 90kg (100 - 200 lbs), and a single miner might make as many as two or three trips in a day. At the end of a long day, miners take home approximately Rp50,000 ($5.00 u.s.). The sulfur is then used for vulcanizing rubber, bleaching sugar and other industrial processes nearby.

Photographer Olivier Grunewald has made several trips into the sulfur mine in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano, bringing with him equipment to capture surreal images lit by moonlight, torches, and the blue flames of burning molten sulfur.  Mr. Grunewald has been kind enough to share with us the other-worldly photos of these men as they do their hazardous work under the light of the moon.

 Credit: Olivier Grunewald/The Big Picture

Olivier Grunewald’s official website





The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985) || The Mysterious Stranger Scene

I’m only giving you guys this link if you PROMISE not to watch it when you’re high. Just trust me on that 


I’m sober and that fucked me up

Not going to lie, Satan’s design in this has got to be one of my favorite character designs ever and I would love to incorporate something like it into one of my own works someday.

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I quit

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I’m really fond of her “OMG EXPLOSION” face.



Ellen Ripley by Ïve Bastrash.


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