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Plume off Southern Coast of Iceland

May 11th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Iceland - May 8th, 2009

Iceland - May 8th, 2009

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A tan colored plume extends off the southern coast of Iceland.

This could be dust from one of the sand fields that characterize the country’s interior plateau, or it could be smoke and ash from an active volcano, of which Iceland has a high concentration.

The island nation has unique geological conditions and about 130 volcanic mountains, of which 18 have erupted since it was settled.

Geologists explain this high concentration of volcanic activity as being due to a combination of the island’s position on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and a volcanic hotspot underneath the island.

Some volcanic activity occurs offshore, especially off the southern coast, partially visible here amidst the clouds.

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