Aerial Photo of Erta Ale

May 09, 2016


Photographer: Joel Santos
Summary Author: Joel Santos

May 2016 Viewer's ChoiceShown above is an aerial image of Erta Ale in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. The caldera of this continuously active, basaltic shield volcano cradles a lake filled with molten lava. Persistent lava lakes are relatively rare.  Click here to see a new video of the Erta Ale area. Photo taken on March 9, 2016. To see a nighttime view of this same lava lake visit the Earth Science Picture of the Day for 7, 2015.

Photo Details: 1/60 sec. exposure; f/2.8; ISO 100.