The changing faces of Fagradalsfjall: fizz, bubbles and slugs

We have had quite a ride. The eruption began unseen, on March 19. The new fissure opened on April 5, after the initial double cone had begun to wane. The new fissures sprouted a series of cones, mostly twinned. By May, all twins had exterminated one of the siblings, and the survivors had battled for…

The Quantum Volcanologist

Physiology has a dog; physics has a cat. Pavlov’s dog was a sad animal, lying in its cage with wires attached both inside and out, alive but not as we know it. I know – I have been in his lab when the place was called Leningrad. The dog was still there, or at least…

The Dead Zone

Recently, a minor quake occurred out in the Veiðivötn fissure swarm.   A discussion came about from that and mention was made of something that many of us refer to as “The Dead Zone.”  Why that name?  Well, as many have noted, the area is relatively devoid of quakes when compared to the rest of Iceland. …