Phenomena

Bardarbunga Eruption

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I thought I was done with volcanoes for this week, but DJI’s aerial footage from Iceland’s Bardarbunga eruption is too fantastic not to share. The eruption is over a month old now and more than 25,000 earthquakes have been registered in Iceland since this eruption began. The lava field covers more than 46 square kilometers, and experts remain unsure how long the eruption will continue. The lava itself is a basalt, which is lower in viscosity than more silica-rich lava. This lower viscosity means that the gases dissolved in the rising magma can escape more easily, like carbon dioxide fizzing out of a soda. If the lava’s viscosity were higher, those dissolved gases would generate a more explosive eruption as they try to escape. (Video credit: DJI; via Wired)

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