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Ljósufjöll volcano

Fissure vents 988 m / 3,241 ft
Iceland, 64.86°N / -22.2°W
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
Ljósufjöll volcano books
Typical eruption style: Effusive fissure eruptions (lava flows)
Ljósufjöll volcano eruptions: 960 AD +-10 yearsNo recent earthquakes
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Background:

The Ljósufjöll volcanic system at the eastern end of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a group of basaltic cinder cones and lava flows along short fissures on a roughly 90-km-long WNW-ESE line.

The volcanic field is about 20-km wide at the eastern end and narrows to about 10-km width on the west. Young-looking cinder cones and lava flows with morphologically fresh surfaces testify to numerous eruptions during the past 10,000 years. The latest eruption post-dated the settlement of Iceland, and took place about 1000 years ago.

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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute

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Background

The Ljósufjöll volcanic system at the eastern end of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a group of basaltic cinder cones and lava flows along short fissures on a roughly 90-km-long WNW-ESE line.


The volcanic field is about 20-km wide at the eastern end and narrows to about 10-km width on the west. Young-looking cinder cones and lava flows with morphologically fresh surfaces testify to numerous eruptions during the past 10,000 years. The latest eruption post-dated the settlement of Iceland, and took place about 1000 years ago.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute



 

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