The Momotombo Volcano in western Nicaragua • Earth.com

Last update: December 13th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Momotombo Volcano in western Nicaragua as it appears from the International Space Station (ISS).

Momotombo is an active stratovolcano that has been in an eruptive phase for around three years.

The volcano is surrounded by fumaroles, or openings near the volcano where hot gases and steam are released. Since 1983, heat has been captured from these openings and used as renewable geothermal energy.

This image was captured by an astronaut aboard the ISS on June 10, 2018, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at the Johnson Space Center.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 


 

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