Climate Change: NASA Says ‘Icelandic Eruption Could Continue For Years’ [Images]
Climate Change – Holuhraun lava field map
Credits: Google || This is just a Holuhraun lava field map. However, you can see how far it has been expanding.
Climate Change – Iceland Glacier Volcano Eruption
Credits: NASA || This is an aerial view and comparison of the initial lava field from the eruption in September 2014 and the lava field after it has progressed into January 2015. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Holuhraun Lava Field Continuing Expansion
Credits: Guide to Iceland || Holuhraun fissure as it continues to spread through the terrain. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Icelandic Fissures Lava Flow 1
Credits: Sciency Thoughts || This is a photo of the Icelandic fissures as they continue to erupt. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Icelandic Fissures Lava Flow 3
Daily Mail UK || Again, a photo of the erupting Icelandic fissures. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Icelandic Fissures Lava Flow 2
Credits: Pinterest || This photo shows, from a distance, how the fissures are stretching through out the field. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Holuhraun Lava Field Expansion
Credits: Telegraph UK || The Holuhraun Lava Field has been erupting constantly since August 2014. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Icelandic Fissures Lava Flow 4
Credits: Bear Tales || This photo shows the explosive outbursts of lava from Holuhraun. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Icelandic Lava Flow From Holuhraun Fissure 2
Credits: Reddit || A depiction of massive lava rivers pouring onto the land. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Icelandic Lava Flow From Holuhraun Fissure 1
Credits: NASA || This is an aerial view from NASA’s Earth Observatory. If you look at the legend, it shows how long the expansion has increased. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Holuhraun Lava Flow Towards Man
Credits: Mashable || Holuhraun lava flows toward person. This wall is between 33 to 46 feet. It may not look that tall since the person is far away from the lava’s wall. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Icelandic Lava Flow From Holuhraun Fissure
Credits: Steeler Fury || Massive lava wall from the east side of the Holuhraun lava field. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Icelandic Lava Flow Into Glacier
Credits: Scoop Nest || Lava bombards snow and ice from glacier, Vatnajokull. #ClimateChange
Climate Change – Vatnajokull Glaciovolcano Eruption
Credits: Big Think || This is a sub-glacier or glaciovolcano eruption. These types of volcano erupt differently. So much goes on underneath the ice until, once it reaches the surface, it comes out as depicted in the photo. #ClimateChange
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?
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]