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These incredible photographs document an active volcano erupting - and even capture lava flowing through its snow-capped peaks.<br />
Smoke clouds fill the skies and hot molten lava spits out viciously as the regular eruptions of Mount Etna in Sicily entertains onlookers.<br />
But the unpredictable intensity of the volcano meant photographer Sandro Santioli had to watch one of nature's greatest events from 350 metres away.<br />
The brave 57-year-old sat with scientists and local guides for up to eight hours at a time as they were keen to keep an attentive eye on any danger.<br />
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