Electric Blue Lava Flows From Indonesia’s Deadly Kawah Ijen Volcano

There is a group of volcanoes in Indonesia that spew lava that burns with  brilliant blue flames. Located in East Java, the Ijen volcano complex is a group of stratovolcanoes that are highly composed of sulfur, which when ignited produces a distinct blue-colored flame. At night when one of the active volcanoes of Ijen erupts, red lava flows run down the sulfuric slopes clothed in bright blue flames, resulting to an eerie, otherworldly spectacle. (via When On Earth)


Today the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders takes us to an incredibly hazardous location on the Indonesian island of Java: the Kawah Ijen volcano. Thanks to its sulphur content, this spectacular volcano produces ghostly blue lava and blue flames.

“Kawah Ijen is a part of the Ijen volcano complex – a group of stratovolcanoes in East Java, Indonesia – with an active crater that’s 200 meters deep. The complex is also home to the world’s largest turquoise-colored acidic lake, full of sulfuric acid. The lake is a sulfur mining site; miners carry sulfur-laden baskets by hand from the crater floor.”

Visit Oddity Central to learn more about this noxiously amazing volcano and the people who risk their lives to making a living by working inside it.

Photos by Olivier Grunewald (who had to don a gas mask while shooting, lost two camera lenses during the process, and had to throw away his clothing after the toxic photo shoot).

[via Design Taxi and Oddity Central]

Michael Maier - Symbols of the Synthesis of the Great Alchemical Work, “Tripus Aureus“, 1618.

4 Sides = 4 Elements
3 Serpents = Tria Prima (Sulphur, Salt, Mercury)
2 Circles = Masculine and Feminine Properties
Circle attached to the Tube = Hermetic Vase.

This is the hand of the philosophers with their seven secret signs to which the ancient sages were bound.

  • The Thumb: Just as the thumb powerfully closes the hand, so does saltpetre do in art (alchemy).
  • The Index Finger: Next to saltpetre, vitriol is the strongest salt, it penetrates all metals.
  • The Middle Finger: Sal ammoniac shines through all metals.
  • The Ring or Gold finger: Alum gleams through the metals. It has a wonderful nature and the most subtle Spiritus.
  • The Ear Finger: Common salt is the key to art.
  • The Palm: The fish is Mercury, the fire Sulphur.

Last year the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders was treated to the surreal and amazing sight of ghostly blue lava spilling out of the sulphurous Kawah Ijen volcano on the Indonesian island of Java. Chicago-based photography Reuben Wu recently traveled to the same location and took some stunning photos of the blue molten sulphur flowing from fumaroles located at the base of Kawah ljen’s Blue Fire Crater.

“The journey into the Ijen Caldera is not for the faint hearted. A two-hour trek up the side of the rocky volcano is followed by another 45-minute hike down to the bank of the crater. The blue fire found at the base is the result of ignited sulphuric gas that burns up to 600 degrees Celsius (1,112 degrees Fahrenheit) and can flare up to 5 meters (16 feet) into the air. It is the largest “blue flame” area on Earth.”

Visit Reuben Wu’s Behance portfolio to view additional photos from his visit to this awesome Javan volcano.

To check out even more of his photography follow Reuben Wu on Instagram.

[via Colossal]


She’s sulphur and her weapon is a large supply of “egg” bombs she can pull from her gem, like an infinite pocket. She can produce stink bombs, flash bombs, noise bombs and explosive bombs. Her ability is to create a shroud of mist and stinging vapours.

Shes a happy, energetic individual who bounces around and is surprisingly agile (good at parkour) for someone her size. Shes maybe a little tiny bit taller than steven’s height?