Tag Archives: Fissure

Volcanic wonderland. Rauðibotn – lit. red bottom – is among the swarm of craters along the gigantic Eldgjá fissure in the Highlands of Iceland. It is connected to the currently active Katla volcanic system centred under the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Said to be the largest uninterrupted volcanic canyon in the world, Eldgjá came to be in […]

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Volcanic red. Valagjá (pronounced ‘vaalaa-gyaow’ – gjá is fissure in Icelandic) is an explosion fissure wrought by Hekla, one of Iceland‘s most feared – and currently active – volcanoes. The bleeding red of the rift’s oxidized iron stands out in the dark expanse of volcanic ash, an otherworldly scene right out of the chronicles of […]

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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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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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