Monday, October 1, 2012

Fire Devil

Humans rarely get to see Fire Devils, but they are surprisingly not as rare as one might think. Photographer Chris Tangey shot this one near Alice Springs in the Australian Outback. On the average, they extend up to 100 feet high and spin in excess of 22 miles per hour, lasting for only a minute. Fire Devils occur when a hot patch of ground sends up a plume of heated air from a hot spot in an existing wildfire.

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