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Morning photo: Fire and ice

Incredible contrasts in Iceland

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The moon rises over the Svartsengi power plant and the Blue Lagoon, near Grindavik, Iceland. Once the geothermally heated was has served its purpose generating electricity, its funneled into the nearby lava beds, supplying water for the world-famous spa and pool.

FRISCO — More than any other country, Iceland has access to incredible amounts of geothermal energy, used to heat entire communities and to produce electricity. Often, the super-heated water spews or bubbles from the ground close to the ice-clad mountains. In fact, the water running off the glaciers is an important part of the geothermal cycles, as it trickles down through the faults in the Earth’s crust — which is cracked and split to begin with in this region — only to be heated by seething magma, and then rising to the surface. The fascinating juxtaposition of fire and ice is one of the most appealing facets of this wind-whipped island in the North Atlantic.

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Heading for the central highlands and the Lankjökull icefields.

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Iceland’s geothermal power is fully unleashed in the Geysir region.

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More gentle than the geysers, the Snorralaug hot spring, near Reykholt, figures prominently in Icelandic history as a bathing spot for Viking kings more than 1,000 years ago.

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The edge of the Langjökull icecap.

 

 

 

 

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