Is There Such a Thing as Blue Lava?

Indonesia' Kawah Ijen Volcano produces blue lava, which glows at night. This is due to the combustion of sulfuric gases when they meet air temperatures exceeding 239 degrees Fahreneit (115 degrees Celsius). The volcano is part of a group of stratovolcanoes—volcanoes built up by layers of hardened ash, lava, and other materials—called the Ijen volcano complex. Since the volcano produces large amounts of sulfur, and despite the high-level of toxicity in the area, sulfur mining takes place in the area.

More about volcanoes:

  • Lava flows can reach more that 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,250 Celsius).
  • Italy's Mt. Etna is supposedly the world's oldest volcano with its first recorded eruption in 1500 BC. The world's youngest volcano located in Paricutin, Mexico with its first eruption in February 1943.
  • The majority of the world's volcanoes, nearly 90%, exist within the Ring of Fire that runs along the edges of the Pacific Ocean.
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Discussion Comments


Even though I haven't been near a volcano, I do enjoy going to the museums where you can take a look at what's left over from the eruptions, such as hardened lava. Not only does this shows the values of volcanoes, but even more so, it teaches you that sometimes even the most dangerous things can turn into the most interesting exhibits.


Just a thought, but in this day and age, are there any civilizations of people that live near an active volcano? The reason why I'm asking is because if there are, that can be considered incredibly dangerous. If a volcano happens to erupt, one can end up suffering severe burns, and death. On another note, even if one lives ten miles from an active volcano, the fumes and heat will still get to them, since the eruptions travel for miles on end.


In relation to this article, considering how blue lava tends to flow at night, is this one of the things that happened to inspire lava lamps? In fact, let's look at it this way, the "lava" inside of a lamp tends to glow many different colors, and it also tends to give the illusion that there's lava inside of it, even when there is none. Based on this, it's easy to assume that's how the lamps got their name and origin. On another note, I also find it interesting that lava flows can reach such a high temperature. Even though this shouldn't come as a surprise, it really shows you just how dangerous a volcano can be, and that you should always use extreme caution if you're planning on hiking or taking a trip.

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