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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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[Update: Ólafur Petursson passed away on February 22, 2012. He was 102.] Among the most feared volcanoes in Iceland, Katla last erupted in 1918. At the time Ólafur Pétursson (b. 1909) was 9 years old, and his wife þórunn Björnsdóttir (b. 1911) was 7. The couple are today the last living witnesses to that cataclysmic […]

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