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Holuhraun fissure eruption (Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland) - lava flows 13 Sep 2014

The largest eruption in Iceland during 100 years has erupted approx. 200 million cu meters of lava within just under 2 weeks, feeding a lava flow that had reached a total length of almost 20 km by 13 Sep, with no sign of ending soon. The following pictures were taken during an overflight on 13 Sep.
View from the south over the young lava field, with the central fountains and the active lava flow behind, sneaking its way to the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View from the south over the young lava field, with the central fountains and the active lava flow b... [info]
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Vertical view onto the southern part of the eruptive fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Vertical view onto the southern part of the eruptive fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The main lava flow, a true river of hot molten rock. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The main lava flow, a true river of hot molten rock. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava fountains release gas from the rising magma; the degassed lava flows away as a flow carrying approx. 100-200 cu meters a second. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountains release gas from the rising magma; the degassed lava flows away as a flow carrying ap... [info]
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Lava fountains at Baugur and the lava flow start. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava fountains at Baugur and the lava flow start. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Section of the lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Section of the lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Branches of the main lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Branches of the main lava flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Central section of the lava flow with parts of Kverkfjöll volcano and Vatnajökull glacier in background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Central section of the lava flow with parts of Kverkfjöll volcano and Vatnajökull glacier in backgro... [info]
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The lava flow produces lateral secondary flows that enlarge the young lava flow field over Holuhraun plain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava flow produces lateral secondary flows that enlarge the young lava flow field over Holuhraun... [info]
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Lava breakout from a secondary lava channel on the western side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava breakout from a secondary lava channel on the western side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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'A'a lava flow spreads like a pancake over the sandy surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
'A'a lava flow spreads like a pancake over the sandy surface. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Looking north over the lava flow stretching far to the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Looking north over the lava flow stretching far to the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The eruption plume and the shadow of the steam column stretch over the vast plain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The eruption plume and the shadow of the steam column stretch over the vast plain. (Photo: Tom Pfeif... [info]
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View onto the central section with a lava breakout at the side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View onto the central section with a lava breakout at the side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava breakouts at the side form tongues. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava breakouts at the side form tongues. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View from (almost) ground onto an active breakout of 'a'a lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View from (almost) ground onto an active breakout of 'a'a lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Secondary lava flow front enlarging the flow field. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Secondary lava flow front enlarging the flow field. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Dust devils rising as result of intense heat convection. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Dust devils rising as result of intense heat convection. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Fire and Ice. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Fire and Ice. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Close-up of a secondary channel reaching the edge of the lava flow field. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Close-up of a secondary channel reaching the edge of the lava flow field. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The lava spreads over the sandy surface, wiping out traces of jeeps. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The lava spreads over the sandy surface, wiping out traces of jeeps. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava flow front at the western edge of the new lava field. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava flow front at the western edge of the new lava field. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava running through narrow channels. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava running through narrow channels. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The front of the main flow has reached the the riverbed of Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, at 17.5 km distance. Steam rises where the lava meets the water. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The front of the main flow has reached the the riverbed of Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, at 17.5 km dista... [info]
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