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Volcano 2025 Calendar

The Volcano 2025 calendar features images by Brad White who travels around the world taking the hottest pictures anywhere. His remarkable photographs from inside volcanos take you as close to the fiery lava as it is possible to be without being broiled alive. No fire-proof suit needed here, just join the adventure.

This 2025 wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

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Volcanos and locations featured include:

√ The eastern rim of the Marum crater (4,377 feet) overlooks the lava lake 1,000 feet below. This shot is special because the crater— formerly the main vent of the shield volcano Ambrym, an island in the archipelago of Vanuatu—collapsed during an eruption and no longer exists. When active, the lava lake pumped out a continuous stream of sulphur dioxide (SO2) gas and aerosols of sulphuric acid which, when mixed with moisture, created acid rain that caused considerable crop damage on the island. On the lower right is the main ledge halfway down the crater wall where we would rest before abseiling the final section to the crater floor. It was a dangerous descent as each movement down the crater wall could cause rocks to dislodge. Besides the danger of being struck and injured, the falling rocks could also cut the lines that we depended on to safely get down and then back out of the crater.

√ During earlier trips to Marum, I noticed an area inside the crater where I could get a shot that lined up the lava lake with one of our team members for scale. It was a very narrow ledge about 300 feet down the northern wall. Even though there was a vertical drop of 600 feet, the ledge became both a testing and training area for us using the gear we were taking inside. We found that wearing the heat-proximity suit severely limited our visibility and maneuverability,
so it was only worn closer to the lava lake’s edge. What makes the images of Marum even more special, is that the lava lake no longer exists because a volcanic event blocked the magma chamber and covered the area in rockfall.

√ Inside the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is Nyiragongo, one of the world’s largest craters at about 4,000 ft wide. The lava lake, which has been continuously erupting since 1971 is about 2,600 feet inside the crater. I have made this descent twice, using static lines set down the three distinct sections of the crater wall to the crater floor. There is an amazing sense of wonder when staring up from the bottom of a 2,600-foot-tall bowl of rock. It made me realise just how small and inconsequential we are when compared to the power of the Earth.

√ I took this image during the first of my 25 descents to the Marum lava lake. I was waiting halfway up the crater wall to avoid being hit by falling rocks from a team member making his ascent. Sitting on a small ledge 150 feet above the lava lake, I started to personify the shapes in the crater wall opposite me and made out a face with horns. Local village chiefs spoke about the black magic associated with Ambrym Island. The volcano was described as a great aunt that
visitors should be careful of visiting as she’ll be obligated to visit you later. This, of course refers to volcanic activity, such as ash fall or acid rain falling on the village and destroying its crops.

√ The cooling crust of the lava within Nyiragongo contrasts with the freshly exposed magma boiling underneath. Nyiragongo is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of its particularly fast-moving lava. It can flow more than 60 miles per hour due to the high silica content of the magma and has caused several deaths in the city of Goma 7.5 miles away.

√ A close-up image, taken from the edge of the Nyiragongo lava lake, 2,600 feet inside the crater, shows the texture created by cooling lava. During my second visit to Goma, our team, which included a volcanologist from the local observatory, who had assistance from the United Nations to fly us to the summit. Each attempt was hampered by white-out conditions that prevented us landing safely, so we hired 50 local porters to carry the tonne of supplies and equipment we needed and trekked the six hours by foot to the top.

√ The immense scale of Nyiragongo is illustrated by a team member surveying the condition of the lava lake. During a previous eruption in 2002, 40 percent of the nearest city was destroyed and more than 120,000 people were made homeless. During the second ascent out of the crater, a rock was dislodged high up hurtling towards me. It hit and damaged the metal drinking bottle attached to my harness, missing my thigh by inches. Had I been struck, it could have shattered my femur causing life threatening injuries.

√ To reach the continuously erupting volcano Batutara in Indonesia, you fly into Bali, then across the islands to Lembeta, before hitching a ride on a fishing trawler. Our team stayed on the island for two nights, camping at the high-tide mark of the beach just under 3,000 feet from the eruptions. Each eruption could be felt and sounded like a freight train rumbling by only a yard away. There are 150 volcanoes in Indonesia, and 76 are still active. Because Indonesia sits at the convergence of several major tectonic plates, there is intense geological activity over the subduction zone.

√ Basaltic magma is ejected out of Batatara during a stombolian eruption. The volcano is a small island just under two miles wide and pyroclasts eject violently from the main vent during regular and intermitent eruptions that have lasted more than eight years. The summit of the strato-volcano juts out of the Flores Sea and sits 31 miles from Lembata, a regency in Indonesia. A steep bank cuts across the eastern part from the summit down to the sea. If boats get too close, they run the risk of being struck by lava bombs hurtling down the side.

√ The alkaline lava erupted by Nyiragongo has an extremely low viscosity, making it almost as fluid as water. Alkaline lava has a melting temperature of more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The fluidity and extreme temperature of Nyiragongo’s lava make for a particularly deadly combination.

√ A team member stands as close as humanly possible to the lava lake while wearing a heat suit during our first successful descent, where both of us made it to the crater floor. I took this image from the halfway point to get the compression needed to bring all the elements together. Marum was a special place for me and our team. Numerous attempts had been made to safely get to the crater floor and out again. Each trip our team found better ways of getting access as well as learning better and safer routes inside the crater. We needed to lay about 1,000 feet of climbing rope to gain access, including drilling rock bolts into the dense basalt rock at the halfway point. As I made this photograph, I could hear the continuous high pitch noise from the air tanks warning that the supply of cool air was nearly depleted.

√ The eruptions at Batutara were like clockwork, every 15 minutes large ash clouds, pyroclastic flow and lava bombs would eject violently from the vent. During the last morning of our three-day expedition, we packed up camp on the uninhabited island and headed to the bay for pick up. While waiting for my turn to be rowed out to the fishing boat, Batutara erupted again, allowing me time to photograph the early morning light illuminating the gas cloud.

About Photographer Brad White
“I have created visual content for various media since 2003, starting as an editorial photographer for print before moving into video and multimedia.
My video footage has been used for documentary, reality, news and travel shows. My photographs have been published on the covers of publications worldwide. During the last decade, I’ve travelled widely on assignment, filming in extreme and sometimes dangerous locations, covering tornadoes, super typhoons, cyclones, extreme flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires and political events. I have worked in Siberia, Ethiopia, Congo, Guatemala,
Hungary, Serbia, and the Turkey-Syria border, as well as Canada and the United States. In addition to winning numerous awards for press photography, I was a finalist in the social category of the 2020 New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year Award.”

 

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