January 29th, 2008

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The Mountain of God

Ol Doinyo Lengai, known as the "Mountain of God" to the local Masai people, is the only active volcano in Tanzania.

It's also the only volcano of it's kind in the world. The composition of it's lava is unique, it erupts at much cooler temperatures than regular lava and goes white as it solidifies and cools. This is natrocarbonatite, a chemical similar to washing soda. By day the lava looks grey, but by night it glows, revealing that, despite being cooler than other volcanoes, it is still far too hot to mess with.

The active crater. There is a second, inactive crater which provides an ideal camping ground for those studying the mountain. Previously camp was often set up in the active crater, but a series of accidents have made this less desirable. The crater has hornitos - small, active hills, scattered over it.

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EDIT : Pssst, mods. I think "Volcano" and "Ol Doinyo Lengai" would be more useful tags. :)

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This has recently been posted on wtf_inc but I'm not sure how old the article is.

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My mind immediately went to Congenital Analgia but I can't find anywhere on the Internet that explains if it is exclusively to humans or if it can be in other species. I'm sure that if there are animals in the wild that had CIPA, they wouldn't survive long. I know the brain differs from most animals and humans, but the majority of it is the same, so, other then that, I can't think of a reason why other creatures couldn't have it.

So, I ask you, does anyone know if it's possible for creatures other then humans to have Congenital Analgia?

In advance, I'm sorry if this is against the rules. If it is, let me know and I'll take it down.