American Elephants


A Volcano Is Erupting Under a Glacier in Iceland! by The Elephant's Child

Iceland has put airlines on notice as their delightfully named Barðarbunga volcano has begun erupting under the ice of the Vatnajokull glacier. There have been thousands of small earthquakes, and magma from the volcano is melting ice within the glacier’s Dyngiujokull icecap. It is a remote area 200 miles east of the capital of Reykjavik, and is uninhabited.

Ash plumes, however, can cause problems. A 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano produced an ash cloud that caused a week of international airline chaos, with more than 100,000 flights cancelled. Europe’s air space was closed for five days.

The ice over the Barðarbunga volcano is 300 to 1,300 feet thick, and how long it would take the magma to beak through is not known. They have experimented with pouring hot magma on ice, but this is coming from the other direction. So those of you who are planning an imminent  trip to Europe can worry.

I, however, will spend the time pronouncing the wonderful names, or trying to. Barðarbunga! Vatnajokull! Dyngiujokull! Eyjafjallajokul! You need a high school or college named after Barðarbunga! Cheerleader heaven.

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Say Mr. Obama that volcano is going to generate a lot of CO2, look out for major climate change, now what?

Comment by fireboatman

@fireboatman: On average in a year, humans emit about 100 times more CO2 worldwide than do volcanoes. That’s of course ON TOP of what volcanoes emit.

Barðarbunga — love the name, too. Sounds like the kind of party that Sergio Berlusconi might throw for Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

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