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A Rock is Born - Eyjafjallajökull Eruption

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

This is earth in it´s making. The lava flow from the Eyjafjallajökull Eruption is small compared to most lava flows from other volcanos in Iceland. Being so small gives you a change of getting close to it.


The edge of the lava flow very slowly moved outward from the main lava flow. Because it moved so slowly I could get very close to its hot edge. On its edge it was very interesting to see rocks being formed as they broke from higher and rolled down onto the snow.


The white stripe is steam from when very hot lava melts and cooks the snow below.


The inside the lava is between 1000-1100°C hot so the heat radiation was quite intense this close to it. I was really worried that my dark and heat absorbent plastic Lee filters infront of my lens would get heat bent. I therefore only pointed the camera towards the lava for short periods between letting the cold arctic wind cool them down.


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Taken on March 30, 2010