April 9, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Formica Leo Volcanic Crater

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

A gorgeous volcanic crater known as “Formica Leo”. Note the people for scale – click to enlarge image.

Today I’m sharing a picture of the stunning Formica Leo (foreground), a volcanic crater located at the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. My husband and I hiked up this crater when we visited the island for a holiday last year. We also hiked up to the top of the volcanic hill in the distance — crossing over a number of lava flows of various ages. If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend a visit to Piton de la Fournaise — and to Réunion in general. We certainly plan to go back within the next couple of years.