Icelandic BBQ. Photograph copyright by Eggert Norðdahl and Volcanocafé Productions.

The Man and the Mountain

Hi all, long time no see. Thanks for your patience. Since leaving for the north, about 10.000 VC comments ago, so much has happened. But, actually, it all started five days earlier, so about 14 days in “VC Calendar Time” but as all know that is un-measurable in Geological time. When the eruption started (again)…

Timelapse by Ingolfur Bruun, Grimsvotn eruption, 21 May 2011.

Is it a plume? Is it a cloud?

While we are waiting for developments, many of our readers are watching the Mila webcams and commenting on atmospheric disturbances over the vast Holuhraun and Vatnajökull landscapes. What comes up over and over again is the question of how to distinguish between cloud formation of all types (small fluffy clouds, elegant lenticular clouds, convection clouds…

Grimsvötn 2011 eruption. Photographed by Jóhann Ingi Jónsson.

Rapid inflation at Grimsvötn

I have been tracking what is happening at Grimsvötn since the last eruption and the entire hubbub at Bárðarbunga. If you look at the GFUM GPS station you can see the slow and steady inflation speeding up a bit before the intrusion into the Bárðarbunga system started. In the days prior to the intrusion the…

The eruption seen from Jökulsarlón south of Vatnajökull glacier. (Martin Schultz, MBL)

Bardarbunga Holuhraun Update 140910

Amidst the truly spectacular images, the “eye candy”, currently reposted on our FaceBook account, on Twitter and on here by our readers, three possible scenarios emerge. Professor Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland´s Institute of Earth Sciences and the foremost Icelandic expert on subglacial eruptions outlines the three following scenarios:…