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(Mother Nature Network)   "The images have not been Photoshopped, filtered or tampered with in any significant way - the volcano really does appear to glow blue"   (mnn.com) divider line 15
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2014-02-11 07:13:56 AM  
That's actually really cool.
 
2014-02-11 07:51:05 AM  
Interesting. I thought it might be blue because of the composition of the magma.
 
2014-02-11 07:55:04 AM  
Sacre bleu!
 
2014-02-11 07:55:13 AM  
Because there is a gas trapped inside (perhaps methane) that burns away once it hits the surface/air/oxygen rich environment?
 
2014-02-11 07:55:21 AM  

RedPhoenix122: That's actually really cool.


Um, it's actually really hot.
 
2014-02-11 07:57:28 AM  
So Mother Nature is basically doing this?
foododdity.com
 
2014-02-11 08:41:42 AM  
Ça va?
 
2014-02-11 08:49:14 AM  
imagizer.imageshack.us
 
2014-02-11 08:56:52 AM  
Blue lava.... seriously?

Is the Mother Nature Network a part of the Discovery Institute?  It's obvious they can decipher the simple French title that reads, "Mystery of the Blue Flames."

Come to my house and flip out at the sight of blue flames coming out of my gas stove top.
 
2014-02-11 09:28:50 AM  
That looks like the flames of burning sulphur. Not unexpected in a volcano.
 
2014-02-11 09:39:44 AM  
Yup, that's what sulfur looks like when it burns. You can buy some from the garden supplier and try it yourself. As the old chemistry-set instructions always said, "do this experiment only in a well-ventilated area".

Burn sulfur to get sulfur dioxide, a pungent, choking gas. Heat sulfur with wax to get hydrogen sulfide, essence of rotten eggs.

Sulfur: the prankster's friend.
 
2014-02-11 11:58:12 AM  
Cerenkov smiles knowingly.

/yeah, yeah, but i had to.
 
2014-02-11 12:30:12 PM  

jfarkinB: Yup, that's what sulfur looks like when it burns.


Good to see at least one other person took chemistry in high school :P

// that volcano probably smells like the devil's asshole as well

// surprisingly difficult to find the image of a sulfur flame test even on wikipedia.
 
2014-02-11 05:29:56 PM  
When you have to wear a gas mask to take pictures of blue lava. . .
 
2014-02-12 01:03:50 AM  
Well, that took almost 20 seconds on Google to figure out: Cu2+Cl2
 
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