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Consequences of the Icelandic Lava Streams

Featured Image: People on the slopes of Fagradalsfjall, watching the Geldingadalir eruption (Wikipedia | Berserkur | CC-BY-SA 4.0).

The volcanic eruption on Iceland may no longer be a global headline, but there is still plenty to tell. In March of this year, news sources shared many images and videos with impressive sights. Today, there are hardly any, but the danger is still very real for the local people, their homes and livelihood. And according to experts, this force of nature may continue for some time to come (read more in this NatGeo article).

This knowledge, and the fact that the lava streams continue to flow onwards, also poses a danger to cultural heritage sites. The Reykjanes peninsula has many sites, objects, and structures. Some of these date back as far as the Age of Settlement. Therefore, archaeologists are scrambling to map as many as they can before they end up under the molten earth. Read more about this on the Icelandic public broadcasting company RÚV [Icelandic] or The Reykjavík Grapevine [English]).

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