|2010 ERUPTION OF EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL|
|THE ICELANDIC VOLCANOES|
Iceland, the most ancient democracy in the world ( 930 A.C., 500 years before England) is a curious country where one can divert a road or a highway for the sake of not disturbing a community of gnomes or earth spirits or fairies (of the flowers and the gardens), or where an ancient code only allows the cartography of islands and rocks if there are witnesses (seafarers) to at least one seagull's having landed; from this point on these islands or outcroppings can appear on maps, otherwise there would be no guarantee of their firmness and they could disappear. It is a culture that has been physically and psychologically moulded by its geology; a geology that has shaped the way of life of its inhabitant in a way that, to us Southern Europeans, is very difficult to understand. The goodness, generosity, and solidarity of Mother Nature is met in Iceland by its inhabitants with strength, and sudden ruptures of obsolete systems, be these rocks that appear and disappear by volcanic phenomena or economic systems that do not equitably favour a community of more than 300,000 people.
2. ICELAND, THE COUNTRY WITH THE MOST VIOLENT GEOLOGY IN THE WORLD, CHANGED HISTORY
|THE DORSAL: A PLACE TO BREATHE FOR THE EARTH|
On top of being broken and divided in two, the island seats itself on an active column 650 km deep. In the same way that this mesodorsal separates America from Europe, Iceland grows at a rate of 2.5cm a year, one side is American and the other European. The Earth has found a place to breathe here.
|THE OCEANIC DORSAL SEPARATES ICELAND, GROWING ALMOST 3CM A YEAR.|
|15th OF APRIL 2010: EUROPE BENEATH THE ASHES|
|THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. THE LAST CHANGE IN HUMANITY WAS BORN FROM A VOLCANO: LAKI|
This eruption was one of the strongest in modernity and it is one of the few which left historical records with scientific observations about its immediate effects. Years after the eruption, European soils were unable to bear a single fruit.
While the French people died of hunger, shrewd speculators grew rich on the black market with the shortage of food, many of them linked to the court. The anger of the French people was so great that it resulted in the beheading of their King, Louis XVI, and in the French Revolution. The rest, equality, fraternity, liberty, Enlightenment, and Republic, are history.
|THEIR INHABITANTS ARE CLEAR: DON'T GAMBLE WITH THE FUTURE|
|A SEIMIC MAP OF EUROPE|
ICELAND IS THE MOST SEISMICALLY ACTIVE NORTHERN COUNTRY
|EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL ERUPTING WITH AURORA BOREALIS|
This eruption, with both water and fire was explosive; it is estimated that it was between 10 and 20 times superior to the previous eruption of the volcano Fimmvörðuháls.
This second eruption hurled volcanic ash into the atmosphere where it reached an altitude of several kilometres and dispersed itself over an area of thousands of square kilometres causing the interruption of air traffic in the Northeast of Europe.
The 15th of April of 2010, airports close and the airspace over the largest part of North and Central Europe is silent. More than 100,000 flights were cancelled. More than 8 million people were affected.
|EL GRIMSVÖTN ERUPTING IN MAY 2011|
|POT-BANGING, EGG-THROWING, THESE ARE THE WEAPONS THAT BROUGHT DOWN THE CORRUPT BANKS|
|THE GULLFOSS CASCADE|
|THE BEST PART OF LIVING ON A LAND OF FIRE|
|ICELAND IS NOW A PROSPEROUS NATION THAT WILL TRIPLE ITS GROWTH IN 2012|