Eyjafjallajökull: Landscape, Waterscape, Icescape

Eyjafjallajökull—nearly unpronounceable but palpably dangerous—offered stark and wondrous beauty just four years after its infamous eruption, peacefully capped in glaciers and draining waterfalls across its rolling green skirt, as if no such geologic tantrum had been thrown.  Still, one can see evidence of the pyroclastic paroxysm in the ash-strewn “dirty” appearance of the fractured glacial ice front, middle of view.   The scene represents well all three phases of water:  vapor, liquid and ice, all shaping an evolving landscape as surely as the magmatic forces lurking below.

Asolfsskali, Iceland (14 Aug 14) Looking NE

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