Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull – May 1st and 2nd, 2010

Posted: August 12, 2012 in nature and the environment
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beautiful work by Sean Stiegemeier

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  1. ed nelson says:

    Very beautiful and terrifiying too, got to be glad to be on a bigger piece of ground, here, only a certain people, of a strong constitution, and a people who are strong… with the best dna… could make it in that horrid place!

    • Thank you for commenting. I have always been fascinated with Iceland- such a beautiful place. Must have been amazing to be there and see the volcano up close!

      • ed nelson says:

        Well, it’s just me again… I was in Portland in 1980, working at a noisy grain elevator on the day St. Helens blew, so I didn’t hear it over the background noise. I went home at lunch time, and turned on the TV at my apartment, and saw the Mt. blasting away, so I got up and walked about 20 feet to a deck, and looked North NW, and there it was. The blast was clearly heard all over Portland, but I had to go the dusty grain terminal that day, I guess that was better than what I had in mind… driving up and inspecting the thing… I actually had an impulse to do that.

        The repercussions of that volcanic erruption were, that the port of Portland lost a few shipping co’s immediatly and work fell off, due to apprehensions about the navigability of the Columbia River, which did suffer some silting up at the Couwlitz River junction I think.

        Dust everywhere over many states, I’m sure you might remember it. That would be a little bit of what is Iceland, the ground there is just a lot of dust or lava rock, taht and being high latitude, only thing is it has a lot of thermo going for it, eg., hot springs and so on.

        The land isn’t very good soil it isn’t real soil, just a bunch a dusty stuff.

      • I grew up in Lake Oswego, a suburb of Portland. We literally sat on our deck and watched the whole thing. Talk about surreal! I’ll never forget it. Then in 1981, I got certified to SCUBA dive for the first time. We did our certification dive in Battleground Lake, and I will never forget- the whole bottom of the lake was all just a cloud of volcanic ash…

  2. ed nelson says:

    Remember that poor guy Harry, who didn’t want to leave his digs up there at Spirit Lake? and so many others that got kilt that day… Oh by the way there is a good story about a volcanic erruption that happened in the Carribean area, where a “piroclastic flow” came down a mountain and killed the whole town, and even the ships in the harbor were wasted… the onliest guy to live to report on it was a drunk who was below street level in the jail. Can’t remember the title, but it is probably a French named town.

  3. ed nelson says:

    here is a referrence… it was a good book too, but I forgot that long ago…,_Martinique

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