Iceland

Volcano Eyjafjallajökull

   5th to 11th of May 2010 

Th.Boeckel, R.Roscoe

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Geysir Strokkur

Island 2010, Strokkur explanation     Island 2010, Strokkur explanation     Island 2010, Strokkur explanationtb

Icelands "Strokkur Geysir" is one of the most persistent geysers in the world and lies in the Haukadalur valley at the base of Laugarfjall hill about 50 m from the site of the famous, but rarely active, "Geysir" which is the source of the generic name given to these kind of hot springs. The term Geysir (Engl. Geyser) is itself derived from the icelandic word "geysa" which means to gush. The small geothermal area in which the geyser lies is one of the major tourist attractions in iceland. 

Island 2010, Strokkur by Th Boeckel      Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckeltb

Island 2010, Strokkur by Richard Roscoe                 Island 2010, Strokkur by Richard Roscoerr

Island 2010, Strokkur by Richard Roscoe       Island 2010, Strokkur by Richard Roscoe
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Island 2010, Strokkur by Richard Roscoe       Island 2010, Strokkur by Richard Roscoerr

Strokkur was first reported in 1789, after an earthquake which probably created or unblocked its conduit. Eruptions were regular until 1896, after which a renewed earthquake inactivated the geyser. In 1963, local people succeeded in unblocking the plumbing system and Strokkur has been active ever since. First records of geyser activity in the area date back to 1294, when the great Geysir is thought to have become active.

Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckel       Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckeltb

Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckel       Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckeltb

The first devlopements on the ground. Until the water gauge is shot upward by a ' Hypersteem explosion' in for 4-5m depth,  the water surface pulsates in the basin around  30 cm up and down. This happens mainly one minute before the event. Two times the steam explosions were so powerful that the ground trembled a bit. Observing and photographing this moment from a distance of may 5m becomes thereby a funny reaction training.

Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckel     Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckel     Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckeltb

Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckel
     Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckel     Island 2010, Strokkur by Th. Boeckeltb

This don't means, that a successful photo sequence in a distance of 100m reqires less reaction. But to get the 'ONE' on chip let you hurry out patiently. May someone had to expand his vacation. But in this case, the activity of Eyjafjalla was responsible for this longer staytime.


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