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Iceland's Basalt Pillars Not From Warring Trolls, As Folk Legend Has It
2014-02-04 13:18:11

Folklore says that mysterious basalt pillars found in Iceland were created by a pair of angry trolls who hurled rocks at one another. However, a new study says that these pillars actually formed around vertical columns of steam and hot water venting through lava.

Potential Eruption In Iceland Could Pump Acid Into European Airspace
2012-06-12 15:11:11

A modern recurrence of an extraordinary type of volcanic eruption in Iceland could inject large quantities of hazardous gases into North Atlantic and European flight corridors, potentially for months at a time, a new study suggests.

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2011-05-23 06:05:00

After lying dormant underneath a glacier since 2004, a volcano in Iceland began spewing steam, ash and smoke into the upper atmosphere on Sunday.

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2010-06-17 08:21:40

Millions of years ago, volcanic eruptions in North America were more explosive and may have significantly affected the environment and the global climate.

2010-06-16 22:29:49

On March 20, Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano woke from its nearly 200-year slumber to change the way the world viewed volcanoes forever.

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2010-05-11 07:13:05

Although the Eyjafjoell volcano in Iceland has continued to erupt since April 14, it is spewing far less ash than last week when it caused new interruptions to flights throughout Europe.

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2010-04-17 11:00:00

In the past, volcanic eruptions have had a cooling effect on the Earth’s climate, but the recent Icelandic eruption is too small to provide any relief from manmade global warming.

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2008-07-14 10:22:09

For the first time, researchers have taken a detailed look at what lies beneath all of Iceland’s volcanoes – and found a world far more complex than they ever imagined.

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2006-11-21 10:04:43

Volcanic eruptions in high-latitudes can greatly alter climate and distant river flows, including the Nile, according to a recent study funded in part by NASA.

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2005-08-13 09:55:00

When a volcano erupts, it does more than just create an ash cloud that darkens and cools a region for a few days. Instead, the most dramatic effect is actually high above us, where spewed volcanic material is not quickly washed out by rain.


Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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