Friday, March 22, 2013

Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano, Tanzania

Oldoinyo Lengai means "Mountain of God" in Massai language. It is a steep around 2900 m high volcano located in the East-African rift valley in northern Tanzania, near the Serengeti National park. It is the only active volcano in the world that erupts natrocarbonatite lava.

The volcano had big explosive eruptions with fatal effects for the Masaii tribe living close to the volcano. Today many Masaii families live around the volcano and most of the younger generation have certainly forgotten that the holy mountain of the Masaii tribe can cause death and distruction. 

(left) 350th death anniversary of Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640)
(right) Princess Diana


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