February 28, 2012 / Nature / 2 comments
Pictures of the spectacular Icelandic volcano. Incidentally, it’s E-YAH-FEE-YAT-LA-JO-KEY-OAK-COOL. Get it right or you’ll piss it off. Photos by Skarphéðinn Þráinsson and by Marco Fulle. You’ll have to figure out how to pronounce those on your own. Eyjafjallajökull is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland, situated to the north of Skógar and to the west of Mýrdalsjökull. The ice cap covers the caldera of a volcano with a summit elevation of 1,666 meters (5,466 ft). The volcano has erupted relatively frequently since the last glacial period, most recently in 2010. Eyjafjallajökull consists of a volcano completely covered by an ice cap. The ice cap covers an area of about 100 square kilometers (39 sq mi), feeding many outlet glaciers. The main outlet glaciers are to the north; Gígjökull, flowing into Lónið, and Steinholtsjökull, flowing into Steinholtslón. The glacier is the 6th largest in Iceland. Take a look at this volcano. Enjoy.