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Holuhraun fissure eruption (Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland) - lava fountains 13 Sep 2014
The following photos were taken on 13 Sep, a day after the first set of pictures. Very different wind conditions (no wind!) allowed some spectacular approaches by helicopter.
Approaching the Holuhraun fissure from the Dyngjujokull glacier. A rare day on Iceland with no wind ... [info
A small airplane surveys the eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
View of the main lava fountain across the still hot lava field to the west. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
Close-up of the lava fountain, a sustained jet of liquid hot lava ejected from the main vent to heig... [info
Baugur, a new cinder cone being born around the main vent on the eruption fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeif... [info
The shadow of the eruption plume forms a dark stripe over the endless plain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
A river of lava snakes from the main vent. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
The main vent is actually a cluster of several vents very close by. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
The lava fountains from the main vent seen from the SW. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
The perfect wind conditions allowed the helicopter to fly very low, giving us a view onto the lava f... [info
Sometimes the lava fountain consists of several jets in multiple directions at once. (Photo: Tom Pfe... [info
View from the NW. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
Kverkfjöll volcano and part of the Vatnajökull glacier in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
Row of lava fountains from the central fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
Lava fountains and lava flow (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
The lava fountain from above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
The central section of the eruption fissure with several fountains in a row. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
The main vent feeding a true river of lava. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
The same seen from higher above. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
Exploding red hot lava - even from several hundred meters distance, the heat radiation was intense t... [info
As it gets darker at dusk, the lava fountains become brighter and brighter. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
Last view onto the lava fountain from the western side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
Lava fountain and lava flow behind on the eastern side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info
Intense heat blurs the air above the lava fountains. Vatnajökull glacier in the background. (Photo: ... [info
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