Climate Change: NASA Says 'Icelandic Eruption Could Continue For Years' [Images]

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Amid climate change, since August 2014, these Icelandic fissures have continued propelling lava flows outward, constantly spreading across the chilling terrain.

NASA reports as follows.

"As of January 6, 2015, the Holuhraun lava field had spread across more than 84 square kilometers (32 square miles), making it larger than the island of Manhattan...

...The eruption shows signs of slowing down but could continue for years"

An eruption lasting for years? Volcanologist John Stevenson, from Edinburgh University, states:

"This doesn't mean that the eruption will stop soon. Like the weakening spray from an aerosol can, the eruption rate declines exponentially. The lower the flow, the more slowly it declines."

According to Stevenson's research on the Icelandic lava flow, he concluded that the "orange-yellow material has a temperature of about 800 degrees Celsius (1,470 degrees Fahrenheit)."

What type of climate change news could that undergo?

At least, you would think so much heat in a naturally frigid region would cause some type of climate change effects, right?

As can be seen from the following video, this has been the largest and longest-lasting volcanic eruption in the world.

Iceland Magazine says that the lava is much thicker than is realized.

"The new Holuhraun lava field now covers 84.4 square km (32.2 sq mi). It is on average 10 m (33 ft) thick in the eastern part, about 12 m (39 ft) in the center, and about 14 m (46) or more in the western part."

Thirty-three feet of lava. Could you imagine facing a literal wall of lava?

Climate Change - Holuhraun Lava Flow Towards Man Slider
Credits: Mashable

What are your thoughts? Would you like to take a trip to Iceland and see this constant eruption?

[Feature Image via NASA, Video via YouTube]