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Fields of dark debris and multiple gas plumes show the ongoing eruption of Russia’s Bezymianny Volcano. The deposits are likely the remnants of pyroclastic flows, as well as chunks of lava that broke off the sides of Bezymianny’s growing lava dome. Snow-free, the volcanic debris is probably only a few days old.
This natural-color image was acquired on September 20, 2012,by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using EO-1 ALI data from the NASA EO-1 team. Caption by Robert Simmon.
Dark volcanic debris contrasts sharply with white snow on one of Kamchatka’s most active volcanoes.