A low-angle view of the perched lava lake shows how it is elevated ...

A low-angle view of the perched lava lake shows how it is elevated ...

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A low-angle view of the perched lava lake shows how it is elevated above the floor of the crater, like an above-ground swimming pool. The levee around the stands some 8-10 m (26-33 ft) above the surrounding crater floor. Also visible as the bottom of the photo is a new vent which began erupting around midnight last night on the western edge of the crater floor. There are three scientists standing on the crater rim in the background, just left of center. Can you spot them?

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Image Dimensions: 1200 x 800

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