The Marum crater is amongst the seven lava lakes found on Earth and the heat near these lakes makes touring these sites a real challenge. However, a determined tech-explorer, Sam Cossmann, geared up in a special heat suit to travel to these gates of hell and came back with a lot more than one would expect. He used a drone to skillfully capture close-up shots of the superheated interior. Mr. Cossmann and his team’s efforts and fruits have been highlighted in the following video.
Located on an island named Ambrym, the lake falls under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Vanuatu. Mr. Cossmann describes himself as a digital storyteller or tech-explorer to be precise. He left his home in 2014, at the age of 33, to follow his dreams. Now he is a complete team that makes use of drones and virtual reality cameras to record their experiences. This gives their audience a “close to reality” look inside hazardous environments.
The project involved a lot more than just recording an amazing experience, it also focused on the scientific aspects of the interior. The project was funded by IPhone accessory company and Kenu.com. It also attracted the attention of a number of experts from different fields, such as Astrobiologist Dr. Jeff Marlow. The end result of the project was a 3D model of the volcano’s interior and the lava lake. The specially designed heat suit was of industrial class and could withstand temperatures of up to 3000-degrees Fahrenheit.
Mr. Cossmann stated that he had been to the volcano before in September 2014, which resulted in an amazing video that went viral. He described it as an experience that renewed his passion for adventurous film making. The Marum crater has a depth of 1200-meters enough to swallow the Empire state building.