One of the most active volcanoes in this continent is Mount Nyiragongo located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nyiragongo is a stratovolcano that is part of the Virunga Mountains, a chain of volcanoes in East Africa. This volcano reaches an impressive 3,470 metres (11,384 feet) above sea level. Nyiragongo is special due to its persistent lava lake, one of the few of its kind in the whole of Africa.
Nyiragongo is particularly dangerous because it has super fast lava flows that drain into nearby cities. In addition to this, the lava is highly alkaline and is believed to be fed by a plume under the volcano. Attempting to climb the volcano is also very dangerous, as the walls could rupture any time without warning. Over the years, Nyiragongo has had a history of devastating eruptions. The volcano's eruptions are often accompanied by fast-moving lava flows, posing significant risks to nearby communities.
Also, despite its fiery nature, Nyiragongo and its surrounding region are ecologically rich. The lush forests around the volcano are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including endangered mountain gorillas. The volcanic soil also supports agriculture, sustaining local communities and contributing to the region's biodiversity.