Tag Archives: Lava

Celestial dramas. The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, will be visible in the USA with the footprint of totality ranging across several states. A room at a basic motel in Casper, Wyoming, has just become available for $2500 (parking is free). Make Eclipses Great Again! My one, and thus far only, experience of […]

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Volcanic crater. The 4000 years old scoria crater Gráakúla (“Grey Bump”) lies at the edge of the Berserkjahraun lava field on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. Pronunciation tip: Grá is like the ‘grow’ in ‘growl.’ And so, Grá-a-kúla = grow-aa-cool-aa. Berserkjahraun takes after the Berserkers (whence the phrase “to go berserk”). You may read the […]

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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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