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Surtsey

Flying from Reykjavik to Heimaey in September 1973, we passed near Surtsey, the “type locality” for what are now called “Surtseyan eruptions” (eruptions in shallow waters producing new islands). Ten years earlier a submarine volcano began erupting off the southwest … Continue reading

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Half-Buried Homes on Heimaey

The viscous lava produced by Eldfell rolled slowly into the town of Vestmannaeyjar in early 1973. This and the heavy fall of ash and tephra destroyed some 400 buildings and also threatened to close the entrance to the harbor — … Continue reading

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The Youngest Land on Earth

My scanner is a time machine. It breathes new life into old slides and negatives, helping me revisit places I haven’t seen in decades. Like Iceland. I spent a few days there in the summer of ’73, long before it … Continue reading

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