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An up-to-date list of volcano-related Featured pictures can be found at this project page. Feel free to add Featured pictures to the layout. New pictures should go on the next available subpage. Other pictures that you feel are high quality and relevant can be nominated below.

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Please make sure that the picture is relevant to volcanism and is not related to any of those already featured (for example, two pictures of Mt. Fuji). Also, do not flood the section with pictures, we want to keep the number around or under 20.

Featured pictures

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Credit: Mila Zinkova

Wildfire on the island of Hawaiʻi caused by pāhoehoe lava flowing on the coastal plain of Kīlauea. The new lava is moving across the old surface, which is covered with a roughly 1-inch (2.54 cm)-thick layer of moss. The burning moss generates the smoke visible in the image. This kind of fire cannot be easily prevented or suppressed.

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Pāhoehoe lava
Credit: J.D. Griggs, USGS

An arching fountain of pāhoehoe lava, approximately 10 m (33 ft) high, issuing from a spatter cone of Pu‘u Kahaualea, Hawaii. Pāhoehoe is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface. These surface features are due to the movement of very fluid lava under a congealing surface crust. Pāhoehoe lavas typically have a temperature of 1100°C–1200°C.

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Credit: Jan-Pieter Nap

Semeru is the tallest mountain on the island of Java and one of its most active volcanoes. Known also as Mahameru (Great Mountain), it is very steep and rises abruptly above the coastal plains of eastern Java. Maars containing crater lakes have formed along a line through the summit. Semeru lies at the south end of the Tengger Volcanic Complex.

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View at dusk, June 1983
Credit: G.E. Ulrich, USGS

Puʻu ʻŌʻō is a cinder/spatter cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano of the Hawaiian Islands. Puʻu ʻŌʻō has been erupting continuously since January 3, 1983, making it the longest-lived rift-zone eruption of the last two centuries. From 1983 through 1998, lava from Puʻu ʻŌʻō covered more than 97 km² (37 square miles).

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Mount Hood
Credit: Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory

Mount Hood, a dormant stratovolcano, reflected in the waters of Mirror Lake, Oregon, United States. At 11,249 feet (3,429 metres), Mount Hood is the highest mountain in Oregon and the fourth-highest in the Cascade Range. It is considered an active volcano, but no major eruptive events have been catalogued since systematic record keeping began in the 1820s.

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The moon Io.
Credit: NASA

Io moon taken by NASA's Galileo probe. This image shows two volcanic eruptions. The one on the horizon is 140 km (87 mi) high, the other is 75 km (47 mi) high. Io is the innermost of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter. It is named after Io, one of Zeus's many love interests in Greek mythology.

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Wide view of the Olympus Mons aureole, escarpment and caldera
Credit: NASA

Olympus Mons is the highest known volcano and mountain in the Solar System. It is located on the planet Mars at approximately 18°N 133°W / 18°N 133°W / 18; -133. Since the late 19th century—well before space probes confirmed its identity as a mountain—Olympus Mons was known to astronomers as the albedo feature, Nix Olympica ("Snows of Olympus"), although its mountainous nature was suspected.

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Mount Etna
Credit: Expedition 5 crew

An October 2002 eruption of Mount Etna, a volcano on the Italian island of Sicily, as seen from the International Space Station. Etna is the largest of Italy's three active volcanoes and one of the most active in the world. This eruption, one of Etna's most vigorous in years, was triggered by a series of earthquakes. Ashfall was reported as far away as Libya, 600 km (373 mi) to the south.

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Credit: Andreas Tille

Eyjafjallajökull is one of the smaller glaciers of Iceland. It is situated to the north of Skógar and to the west of the bigger glacier Mýrdalsjökull. The ice cap of the glacier covers a volcano which has erupted rather frequently since the Ice Age. The volcano's disruptive 2010 eruption was the first since 1823.

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Credit: Roger McLassus

Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland, is located in the southeast and covers more than 8% of the country. The lakes on the glacier known as Grímsvötn, pictured here, are caused by volcanic eruptions which melt enough ice to fill the Grímsvötn caldera with water.

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False color mosaic of the moon
Credit: Galileo spacecraft, NASA

False-color mosaic of the moon, constructed from a series of 53 images taken by Galileo spacecraft. Volcanic rock is shown as blue to orange shades.

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Grand Prismatic Spring
Credit: Jim Peaco, National Park Service

Aerial view of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. The spring is approximately 250 ft (76 m) by 300 ft (91 m) in size. The deep azure blue water in the center is sterile, and surrounded by a huge mat of algae and bacteria. The orange color is from the carotenoids they produce.

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Mount Fuji
Credit: Katsushika Hokusai

Woodblock of Mount Fuji, one of a set of 36 ukiyo-e prints by Katsushika Hokusai depicting Mt. Fuji. The woodblock is titled South Wind, Clear Sky (also known as Red Fuji), and depicts Mount Fuji, Japan's most iconic volcano.

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Mount Cleveland
Credit: Jeffrey Williams

An ash plume from Mount Cleveland shoots towards the atmosphere on July 7 2006. The first person to notice the eruption (and take a picture of it) was astronaut Jeffrey Williams.

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Chachani and Mount Fatima
Credit: Alexandre Buisse

Summit of the Chachani, the highest of the three volcanoes above Arequipa, Peru. The path to reach the summit can be clearly seen. Despite the altitude, the mountain is entirely free of snow, mainly due to the dry climate in the area.

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Rift zone on Mount Tarawera
Credit: Avenue

View of the summit fissure created by the explosive 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera in New Zealand. Deteriorating scoria cliffs surround the rift.

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Arieal view of Mount Kilimanjaro
Credit: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

Aerial view of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the fourth highest of the Seven Summits. The volcano consists of three distinctive volcanic cones; of which the Kibo cone, pictured, is highest.

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Moais on Easter Island
Credit: Artemio Urbina

Volcanic tuff (consolidated ash) is a common building material. Most of the Moais on Easter Island were built with tholeiitic basalt tuff.

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Credit: Mila Zinkova

The small town of Ortahisar in Cappadocia, Turkey. The area is covered in soft volcanic rock, which villagers have carved out to form houses, monasteries, and other structures.


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