“Impossible!” you’ve probably just loudly exclaimed. Now that you’ve sufficiently alarmed and or annoyed in you immediate vicinity I will tell you that not only is it possible it’s…umm…pictured above.

Sure, most volcanoes erupt boring red or orange lava *yawn* and unless you live in some place like Pompeii who really gives a crap right?

Well this volcano named, Kawah Ijen, has become one of the only reasons why anyone would ever want to visit Indonesia at all hottest tourist attractions in all of Indonesia, second only to cockfighting (warning: actual Indonesian cockfighting video).

Ok, enough anticipation, if you’re like me you’re ready to pee waiting to find out what makes this volcano so magical. One clue, it’s not magic.

However, as you might remember from your high school chemistry class, certain elements burn very distinctly different colors at high temperatures. Boron, for example, produces a luminous bright green color, while lithium burns an unmistakable carmine. But can you recall which element burns a deep blue that matches the lava in this volcano? If you guessed sulfur, you’re right on the money (and you obviously paid more attention in class than your friendly writer)! The heavy flow of sulfurous smog emitted from Kawah Ijen is directly responsible for the blue lava that has everyone so entranced.

Not only do you get the beautiful blue lava, just imagine how pleasant a giant volcano’s worth whiff of sulfur to go along with it.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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