|The Mountain of God
||[Jan. 29th, 2008|10:02 am]
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.
( How do I do this? Oh... MOAR .Collapse )
EDIT : Pssst, mods. I think "Volcano" and "Ol Doinyo Lengai" would be more useful tags. :)