The world’s largest lava lake is located inside Mount Nyiragongo, an active stratovolcano in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to Wikipedia, Nyiragongo’s lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history. The depth of the lava lake varies considerably. A maximum elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft) prior to the January 1977 eruption - a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft), as a recent low elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 2,700 m (8,900 ft). Nyiragongo and nearby Nyamuragira are together responsible for 40% of Africa’s historical volcanic eruptions.


Excerpts of 8 hours of staring at and filming the lava lake in Nyiragongo volcano, Virunga Volcanoes National Park, Congo

Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Africa. The eponymous genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas, and either four or five subspecies. They are the largest livingprimates by physical size. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of humans, from 95–99% depending on what is counted, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the chimpanzees and bonobos.

Gorillas’ natural habitats cover tropical or subtropical forests in Africa. Although their range covers a small percentage of Africa, gorillas cover a wide range of elevations. The mountain gorilla inhabits the Albertine Rift montane cloud forests of the Virunga Volcanoes, ranging in altitude from 2,200–4,300 metres (7,200–14,100 ft). Lowland gorillas live in dense forests and lowland swamps and marshes as low assea level, with western lowland gorillas living in Central West African countries and eastern lowland gorillas living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near its border with Rwanda.


I can’t like this clip enough. Two different volcanoes in Virunga National Park erupting at the same time. Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira, at night, with some star trails, Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Video and still frames of the active lava lake at Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. I love watching shots like some of the video here and comparing it to plate tectonics on a much more rapid scale - slabs of rigid material floating on something that is more easily deformed, sometimes sinking downwards, and spreading centers forming to make up for the area that sank.

@mattiasklumofficial. The Nyiragongo volcano in Virunga National Park, Congo DRC. A photograph I took while participating in IGCP’s and WWF’s sensus counting the mountain gorillas. #virunga #congo #mountaingorilla #Nyiragongo #volcano #crater #landscape #beauty #instagood #igcp #wwf #iucn #nikon @natgeo @thephotosociety by natgeo