||Montserrat Mercury Item 1990|
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This version of Montserrat is created using an optic mold to concentrate the dark fleck tones in the colored glass mixture.
As lava cools it skins over with a dark layer that is often not entirely solidified.
As higher temperature lava beneath continues to flow it often sculpts the darker cooled rock forming visually interesting glowing structures.
Sometimes these structures consolidate into a uniform surface concealing streams of molten rock below.
When a section of overlying rock gives way it sometimes reveals a mesmerizing image of glowing magma flowing underneath.
The Montserrat series is inspired by the Caribbean island of Montserrat located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies.
On July 18, 1995 the Soufrire Hills volcano there erupted, burying Montserrat's capital city of Plymouth, its docks and airport in 2,200 degree volcanic flows.