PHOTOS: New Zealander journeys into heart of active volcano
Geoff Mackley rapelled more than 1,000 feet into the mouth of the Marum volcano in the South Pacific for up-close peek at 2,100-degree lava pit
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012, 11:16 AM
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Geoff Mackley on the cusp of the Marum Volcano, on the island of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific.
He has seen the face of hell.
A fearless New Zealand photographer journeyed into the mouth of a volcano in the South Pacific in order to get an once-in-a-lifetime look at its roiling ocean of fire.
Geoff Mackley had spent 15 years trying to get near the hellish core of the Marum volcano in Vanuatu, a republic of islands some 1,000 miles east of Australia.
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After camping out with his team for nearly 40 days last, the daredevil filmmaker rappelled nearly a quarter mile into the volcano’s crater in August.
Wearing a silver heat suit and breathing tank, the 46-year-old spent 45 minutes marveling at the 2,000-degree fiery abyss from just 100 feet away.
“It looks like the surface of the sun. It looks like all my wildest dreams into one moment, it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen or done,” Mackley radioed to his team.