The Seyðishólar í Grímsnesi cluster of craters serves as a quarry, sourcing material for civil works in this area of South Iceland. Such exploitation would not pass muster today with Icelanders, sensitive to the preservation of their land’s natural wonders. But back in the day, when the first Komatsu rolled in to scoop soil, such concerns were not at the forefront.
The colours in the crater are saturated enough to blow the channels of your senses. We spent a delightful afternoon here, quarrying a pile of photographic compositions.
Hi Rajan: Your photos of Iceland never fail to amaze me! The first two here are great abstracts. Do you know what minerals were mined at this site? I’d guess iron-rich ones, judging from the rich red hues.
Thank you, Bob. The volcanic rock is mostly magnesium and iron-rich basalt. Oxidation of iron is what creates those hues of red.