There's something quite thrilling about being so close one of nature's most destructive forces.
On the island of Terceira - an autonomous region of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean - there's a place where you can descend into the earth where once lava flowed, pushed out of the earth to wreak havoc upon the world up above.
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Today Algar do Carvão lies empty, its blackened walls welcoming visitors to its bosom. The only man-made hole is the tunnel that leads you to the side of the lave tube - the rest was all crafted by Mother Nature's fiery kiln.
It constantly drips on you, almost as if the cavern has its very own weather system, but the pure awe that surrounds you will make you pretty oblivious to the wetness.
The atmosphere feels so old, you sometimes catch yourself imagining a Lovecraftian creature lurking in the dark, waiting in silence for the rise of the Ancient Ones.
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(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)
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