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The lava lake was sizzling on a sub-Antarctic island



On a volcano near the Antarctic, a rare lake of sizzling, molten lava was discovered.

The permanently bubbling pool of molten rock was found in the center of Mt Michael, a 700-meter-high summit on Saunders Island in the south of Sandwich Archipelago, east of Argentina.

It is only the eighth such lake ever discovered, volcanologists said.

It may be more than 200 meters in diameter and lies between 989 ° C and 1279 ° C.

"Although lava lakes are extremely rare with only a few global examples, according to a study published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research previous analysis of the satellite imagery of Mt. Michael in the 1

990s sustained thermal anomalies that are not related to magma overflowing the crater.

The lava lake in the crater of Mt. Michael. Their study, however, relied on images with a resolution of 1 km, and no long-term studies have been done to see if this is a consistent feature. "


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