Feast your on eyes on fresh lava flows


Earth’s grandeur is spilling out.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office reported Friday evening that lava started flowing out of a fissure on the island’s Reykjanes peninsula, after months of quaking in the region. The lava flows aren’t currently a threat to anyone, so they’re a pure source of intrigue and wonder.

The Icelandic musician Björk, for example, is stoked.

The new fissure is some 500 to 700 meters long, and video captured by the Iceland Coast Gaurd shows lava fountaining into the air from the large crack. 

Iceland is one of the most volcanically dynamic places on Earth, with a significant eruption occurring on average every four or five years. Yet this was southwestern Iceland’s first eruption in some 800 years, reports the New York Times. Much of the island is composed of (long-ago cooled) volcanic rock. Molten rock (magma) is always brewing beneath Iceland, in large part because it lies over a hot spot, where a plume of magma, from deep in the Earth, can travel up near to the surface. (Hawaii has a similar hot spot).

The images and video below show Iceland’s latest, vivid lava flows:

On March 20, 2021,  the Icelandic Coast Guard captures the Icelandic lava flow.

On March 20, 2021,  the Icelandic Coast Guard captures the Icelandic lava flow.

Image: AFP via Getty Images / ICELANDIC COAST GUARD  

An early view of the lava flow on March 19, 2021.

An early view of the lava flow on March 19, 2021.

Image: Icelandic Meteorological Office

The orange glow from the lava flows, seen on March 19, 2021.

The orange glow from the lava flows, seen on March 19, 2021.

Image: Getty images / afp/ HALLDOR KOLBEINS

Lava flowing on the night of March 19, 2021.

Lava flowing on the night of March 19, 2021.



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