5 October 2016
Today, I offer up a few photos and some video from the Hverir geothermal area on the east side of Mývatn National Park in Iceland – a rift zone astride the central Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and thus an area where you would expect to see a high heat flow through the crust. Heat interacting with meteoric water produces geothermal features: hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, and mud pots (where the groundwater is acidic).
It’s a harsh looking landscape. No placid pile of basalt flows here:
Craters galore dot the landscape, each home to a hissing vent of steam, or a pool of viscous mud:
Old mud dries out, and cracks in the loveliest way:
Thermophile microbes dwelling on the pile of rock:
Video to show the dynamism of the place:
Shades of Yellowstone, for sure…