There’s no lava in the photo, other than some loose rubble. I see what appears to be ice.
posted on 05/01/2010 8:07:02 AM PDT
("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
Mount Ararat is known as a StratoVolcano. This Lava tends to be Glassy like. Giving it a shimmer. In addition ice is covering the lava adds to the shimmer. It's a naturally occuring Glass called Obsidian which is found in Felsic Lava flow and is caused when this lava cools very quickly (like in a VERY cold enviroment on top at 13k Feet on Mount Ararat).
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The lava that flows from stratovolcanoes tends to be viscous; it cools and hardens before spreading far. The magma forming this lava is often felsic, having high-to-intermediate levels of silica (as in rhyolite, dacite, or andesite), with lesser amounts of less-viscous mafic magma.
Picture of Obsidian Lave almost identical to the Chinese explorer picture I posted above.
posted on 05/01/2010 11:10:00 AM PDT
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