What the What? Snow-Covered Lava Flows in Russia

By Nick Venable | 8 years ago

You know what they say about snow-covered lava. If that happens, it won’t be long before men will be marrying dogs and… No wait, that’s what morons say about gay marriage. I don’t think anybody talks about snow-covered lava. In case you wondered, I am in fact sponsored by snow-covered lava, which promises not to destroy my house if I say it a few more times.


Despite erupting back on November 27, 2012, the volcano Tolbachik, one out of many active volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, is still showing activity. An initial trek of lava flowed around twelve miles, spewing through a line of fissures on the southern side of the volcano. After enough time, some of the lava began to cool, which allowed some snow cover to accumulate onto the still flowing lava.

In the picture, the black river-looking path is fresh lava, while the lighter, gray areas are the snow-covered lava flows. To the right, an erupting fissure can be seen, as it takes on a slight orange glow.

I’d joke about warnings of hurricanes caught on fire, but we’re over all that Armageddon shit by now. It’s 2013, and the Earth is and always will be amazing. Snow-covered lava.

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