Ancient Columns of the Deep

Ancient Columns of the Deep

Columns in a collapsed area that once hosted a lava lake are reminiscent of an ancient city. "Bathtub" rings mark lowering of the lake as lava drained out. Fossilized drips of lava are preserved hanging from the ceiling. A rattail fish explores the site. This is part of the 2011 eruption at Axial. Credit: UW/OO-NSF/WHOI; J2-980; V17.

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