Tuesday, May 24

Kawah Ijen: the volcano that expels rivers of blue fire | Digital Trends Spanish


All volcanoes have characteristics that make them unique and different; however, according to scientists, Kawah Ijen is one of the most striking on the planet since it is the only one that throws rivers of vibrant blue lights from its crater.

This natural formation is a stratovolcano that is located on the border of Banyuwangi and Bondowoso, in Indonesia. Scientists explain that what is actually observed is not lava, but rather a glow that arises as a result of the combustion of sulfuric gases that emerge from inside the volcano and escape through cracks in the ground at high pressure and temperatures. elevated.

Olivier Grunewald

In fact, when being expelled from the massif and reaching a temperature of 600 degrees Celsius, these gases collide with atmospheric conditions and react by igniting flames that exceed five meters in height.

Some of the gases condense during this process, turning into liquid sulfur that runs down the mountainside, forming the particular rivers of blue fire that characterize this volcano so much.

Another particularity of this massif is that when its expelled gases cool, they deposit sulfur in a solid state around it. This is why the vicinity of the volcano has become a good source of sulfur for the miners in the area who sell these peculiar rock fragments to those who visit the region.

The extracted material is also used to produce medicines and sugars, which ends up being a valuable element for the pharmaceutical companies and the transnational laboratories that obtain it there.

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