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VOLCANO GALLERY

 

In the course of studying planetary analogs on Earth, especially in the cases of Mars and the moon, I have visited and hiked in many volcanic areas. In addition, the International Association for the Astronomical Arts has sponsored painting trips to volcanic regions such as Iceland and the Canary Islands. These are some of the paintings that have resulted from those travels. Most of these were done from nature, on site.

456 - El Teide Volcanic Park, on Tenerife, Canary Islands 424 - The Pinacate Volcanic Complex
456 -- El Teide Volcanic Park, on Tenerife, Canary Islands. This volcanic summit dominates the center of the island of Tenerife and is an impressive National Park. Wisps of steam and smoke could be seen at the summit. The park is generally quite wild, although a cable car runs visitors to the top of this huge cone. A palette knife proved unexpectedly useful in getting texture in the lava flow. Painted from nature. (Copyright William K. Hartmann). 424 -- The Pinacate Volcanic Complex straddles the border of Arizona and Sonora at the head of the Gulf of California. It was used as a training ground for Apollo astronauts and contains kilometer scale calderas and Mars-like dunes and lavas. My book, Desert Heart, is about the natural history of this area. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

281 - Boiling Mud Pot near Lake Myvatn, Iceland 286 - Elegante Crater and an Eruptiion on the Pinacates, Sonora, Mexico
281 -- Boiling Mud Pot near Lake Myvatn, Iceland. This region reminded me of primordial Earth, before plants took over the landscape. Myvatn is a geothermal area that is the "Yellowstone" park of Iceland. This view was painted from nature during a joint workshop between the International Association for the Astronomical Arts, and the Union of Artists of the USSR in 1988. (Copyright William K. Hartmann). 286 -- Elegante Crater and an Eruption on the Pinacates, Sonora, Mexico. The Pinacate volcano has probably been dormant for centuries or millenia. However, local Native American legends of the O'odham people tell of an event where their "elder brother god," I'itoi, built fires on the summit to lower the summit and alter the sunset time. This sounds like a legend of eruptive activity. The view is across the 1-kilometer crater, Elegante, which is one of several large calderas in the area. Painted from nature. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

293 - Creating Land in the Sea 186 - View of Summit Cinder Cone and Aa Lava Flow in Pinacate Volcanic Complex, Sonora, Mexico
293 -- Creating Land in the Sea. This view is based on my recollection of flying over the new volcanic island of Surtsey, off Iceland, in 1965. The picture was painted in the studio of Ron Miller (with his advice and help!) for our book, The History of Earth (NY: Wadsworth Publishing). (Copyright William K. Hartmann). 186 -- View of Summit Cinder Cone and Aa Lava Flow in Pinacate Volcanic Complex, Sonora Mexico. Painted from nature at Red Cone Camp. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

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