Iceland is a wonderful country; I would even say that it is a true paradise for all the photo shooting-lovers.

But what has become a real discovery for me is the bird’s eye view of the rivers flowing along the black volcanic sand.

It is an inexpressible combination of colors, lines, and patterns.

This is just a river, just a volcano, just our planet.

~Andre Ermolaev

Iceland, the land of ice and fire, is also a true paradise for volcanologists. Pocked by more than two hundred volcanoes, Iceland is one of the world’s most volcanically active regions, spewing a third of the earth’s total lava flow over the past five hundred years.

Beginning about seventy million years ago — long after the earth’s other continents had formed — lava from volcanic eruptions along the mid-ocean ridge cooled as basalt (a dark rock) to make all of Iceland’s present-day land surface – making it one of the few places on earth where geology and human history are so closely connected to volcanism.

 

[Text Source: Science Wire, My Modern Met]