July 2009

The top panoramic is the boiling water flowing away after one of Strokkur's eruptions. Pictures one through four feature hiking up the mountain/glorified hill, and surveying the land below. Picture five is the original geysir trying to erupt, but instead the water bubbles out for a few minutes with lots of steam. It may be a metaphor for some of us as we grow older. Pictures seven through nine, and the bottom panoramic, are in Pingvellir National Park, where we can see visible evidence of the Atlantic and European tectonic plates side by side, separating ever so slowly. Separating plates are the cause of the periodic volcanic eruptions in Iceland (at least a dozen in the last 50 years), and the numerous earthquakes that regularly inflict the country. But unlike the more violent ones in Japan and California where plates collide and ride on top of one another, these earthquakes are likely to be no greater than 6 on the Richter scale.
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