The Lure of the Poles
Goethe said, “The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility.” He never saw Mount Erebus. The 3,795 meter (12,448 foot) tall volcano soars majestically into Antarctic skies, collared by mist and fog. Multiple craters crown its summit, while its fumaroles and vents build complex towers and ice columns. Erebus eruptions generate the rarest of volcanic crystals, seen on only one other volcano on Earth. And while the mountain may seem tranquil most of the time, its beauty has come at the hand of violent forces.