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9 images of volcanoes as seen from space

By: Katherine Butler on April 29, 2012, 6:35 p.m.
Virunga volcano chain of central Africa


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Virunga chain of central Africa

This false-color image was taken in 1994 from Space Shuttle Endeavor. The dark area at the top of the image is Lake Kivu, which borders Congo on the right and Rwanda on the left. The center of the image shows the Nyiragongo volcano, its central crater now a lava lake. To the left are three volcanoes, Mount Karisimbi, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Muhavura, according to NASA. The Nyamuragira volcano is to their right. The endangered mountain gorillas of Africa live in a bamboo forest near the southern flank of Mount Karisimbi.