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A Real Tasty Geezer

By Philip_H
Strokkur (Icelandic for "churn") is a fountain geyser in the Haukadalur geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in Iceland in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík. It is one of Iceland's most famous geysers,erupting about every 4–8 minutes 15 – 20 m high, sometimes up to 40 m high.

Strokkur was first mentioned in 1789, after an earthquake unblocked the conduit of the geyser. Its activity fluctuated in the 19th century; in 1815 its height was estimated to be as much as 60 metres. It continued to erupt until the turn of the 20th century, when another earthquake blocked the conduit again. In 1963, upon the advice of the Geysir Committee, locals cleaned out the blocked conduit through the bottom of the basin, and the geyser has been regularly erupting ever since. Strokkur and its surrounding areas regularly attracts tourists to view the geyser, as it is one of very few natural geysers to erupt frequently and reliably. Despite that fact, it wasn't easy to capture as it explodes out of the ground in the blink of an eye.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Summer Retreat'.

Best wishes,

Tags: Nature Iceland Golden circle Geyser Strokkur Fountain geyser Haukadalur geothermal area

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3 Jun 2014 8:25PM
Excellent image Philip and an interesting write up..Lin
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
3 Jun 2014 10:09PM
I spoke to our ffriend who is a geologist about your tectonic plaate image, He was very interested--hopes to go to Iceland soon-- This is a wonderful geyser image!
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
4 Jun 2014 5:50AM
An amazing capture, Philip. Carol
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 165 16 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 7:01AM
Excellent capture PhilipSmile

Philip_H 8 1.4k United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 6:03PM

Quote:I spoke to our friend who is a geologist about your tectonic plate image, He was very interested--hopes to go to Iceland soon-- This is a wonderful geyser image!

Hi Jenn,

Hope your friend gets to the Thingvellir National Park then, which is positioned on the Mid-Atlantic ridge. The tectonic plate boundaries separating the North American and the Eurasian plates can clearly be seen on the surface of the Thingvellir rift valley. The site’s geological uniqueness lies chiefly in the fact that it is one of the very few (if any) sites on Earth where the effects of diverging tectonic plates are clearly visible on dry land. Almannagjá (Everyman's Gorge) at Thingvellir is probably the biggest and most impressive examples there.

P Grin

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