Best of Web – Maridith Stading

Best of Web – Maridith Stading

This image was taken in 2016 by Buzz Andersen in Kalapana, United States, when the photographer took a lava boat tour around the island. This image demonstrates several beautiful and unique aspects of fluids. The ocean and lava are beautiful and fascinating on their own, but the mixture of the two is not only stunning, but causes interesting phenomena as well. It is no secret that lava is extremely hot, around 1700 degrees celsius hot, and when this superheated substance hits the cool ocean, the water will boil and steam will rise up. In addition, the mixture of the two can create a toxic gas called lava haze and can even cause explosions to occur.

Buzz Andersen’s beautiful image can be seen here.

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  • Tristan Martinez
    Sep 28, 2022 14:25

    3rd place: Natural phenomena are so cool, and I love the mysterious nature of the clouds hiding where the lava is coming from

  • Will Dietz
    Sep 14, 2022 23:37

    Third Prize: The lighting and contrast is beautiful. The waves in the water as well as the steam and lava flows really display a lot of movement and dynamics in the still image.

  • Kelsie Kerr
    Sep 14, 2022 19:44

    Third prize – I love the way lava flows, and this picture captures it really well! The contrast is great and really draws your eye to the lava and steam that is coming off of the water.

  • Tobin Price
    Sep 14, 2022 11:35

    Third Place – Really like the colors of this image and the contrast between the deep ocean and the brightness of the lava. Also cool visualization of the steam rising from the boundary where they contact!


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