The Merge. With reference to the historic Ethereum Merge road map event on September 15th 2022. Aerial photo shot from 3000 feet in a light aircraft of the mighty lava river flowing from Fissure 8 towards the ocean entry during the historic 2018 Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island, Hawai'i. Approximately 9000 acres of land was covered in lava and 800 acres of new coastline created. Over 700 homes were destroyed and although no people lost their lives many animals sadly perished in the disaster. The 2018 Kilauea eruption was historic and unprecedented, the biggest in over 200 years. Estimated flow rates of lava from fissure 8 alone were up to 150 cubic metres per second which would fill an Olympic size swimming pool in approximately 25 seconds. It created a 9 mile long channelised lava river up to 450 metres at its widest point, meandering through the landscape to the ocean. Along the way lava deposited was in places up to 30 metres thick. In volumetric terms the total amount of lava effused is estimated at 1 cubic kilometre. Mind boggling statistics and an event that was breathtaking to live through. Nikon D850, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E 1/1000, f/2.8, ISO 6400. Handheld from a light aircraft.
Joseph Anthony is a multiple award winning photographer and filmmaker, wildlife camera operator and photojournalist as well as being a lens Ambassador for Nikon. A retired airline pilot before becoming a professional photographer, he also flies drones commercially and his work has taken him all over the globe. Published and exhibited worldwide with clients such as National Geographic, Nikon and WWF, he is particularly interested in telling stories about wildlife, conservation and environmental issues. Aside from being a face of Nikon, he is most well known for his work with big cats, being in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the historic 2018 eruption in Hawai’i which he documented intensively for 3 months and includes an award winning film about it with global newspaper and magazine coverage and for his other award winning film about elephants for WWF. He wants to inspire an appreciation for the beauty of our planet, help draw attention to its fragility, not just because of a love of nature but also for the survival of our own species.
Big Island, Hawai’i
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