Stunning Images of Ice Caves on Antarctica’s Active Volcano Mt. Erebus Revealed (PHOTOS)

on September 01 2011 6:53 AM

Antartica's Mt. Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on Earth. Located inside are numerous intricate ice caves.

PhD students studying volcanology on Mount Erebus have photographed these ice caves. According to the students, the caves are otherworldly creations.

Hot gasses traveling up through cracks and fractures in the volcanic rocks surrounding the Erebus summit have created an intricate system of ice caves all over the mountain, said Kayla Iacovino, one of the PbH students, on her Science Friday blog.

Below are some of the most stunning pictures of the inside of ice caves of Mt. Erebus posted by Kayla Lacovino:

Stunning Images of Ice Caves on Antarctica’s Active Volcano Mt. Erebus Revealed

Entrance to different ice caves on Mt. Erebus. Kayla Iacovino/Science Friday

Stunning Images of Ice Caves on Antarctica’s Active Volcano Mt. Erebus Revealed

Inside an ice cave on Mt. Erebus. Kayla Iacovino/Science Friday

Stunning Images of Ice Caves on Antarctica’s Active Volcano Mt. Erebus Revealed

Inside an ice cave on Mt. Erebus. Kayla Iacovino/Science Friday

Stunning Images of Ice Caves on Antarctica’s Active Volcano Mt. Erebus Revealed

Ice crystals inside an ice cave on Mt. Erebus. Kayla Iacovino/Science Friday

Stunning Images of Ice Caves on Antarctica’s Active Volcano Mt. Erebus Revealed

Icicles inside an ice cave on Mt. Erebus. Kayla Iacovino/Science Friday

Stunning Images of Ice Caves on Antarctica’s Active Volcano Mt. Erebus Revealed

Through a descent (L) and ascent inside an ice cave on Mt. Erebus. Kayla Iacovino/Science Friday

Stunning Images of Ice Caves on Antarctica’s Active Volcano Mt. Erebus Revealed

Inside an ice cave on Mt. Erebus. Kayla Iacovino/Science Friday

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