Tag Archives: Fissure

Looking down on the Queen. Herðubreið (“broad shouldered”), Queen of the Icelandic Mountains, is set in the expanse of the Ódáðahraun (“Lava of Evil Deeds”) lava field in the northern Highlands. The table mountain took shape in a subglacial eruption around 20,000 years ago. The desolate Ódáðahraun terrain truly feels like an alien world. It […]

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An old volcano wakes up. [Update 3, August 29: There was a fissure eruption today.] [Update 2, August 24: That was a false alarm.] [Update 1, August 23: An eruption has started today, according to IMO.] The Bárðarbunga volcano under the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland has just stirred sending magma juices coursing through its subglacial […]

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Unearthly. The Valagjá fissure in the south-central Highlands of Iceland is part of the Hekla volcanic system. These photos were taken on two different occasions. Both the times I had to contend with gale-force winds which made holding the camera steady very challenging. This is an alien world, the strangeness accentuated by the splash of […]

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