May 24, 2012

Mutnovsky Volcano, Kamchatka

Photograph by Carsten Peter, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Adventure and Exploration Photos

A volcanologist strides through a murky expanse of steam on Mutnovsky Volcano during an expedition to Kamchatka, Russia. The steam billows from a fumarole, or a vent created by heated groundwater and rising volcanic gas, and it serves as a visible reminder that the peninsula is one of the most volcanically active regions in the world, with some 29 active volcanoes.

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