Collecting the Myvatn fires 1724-29

One of the main reasons to come to Iceland was to collect new volcanic structures for the museum alongside collecting stories, interviews and background information. We were able to collect some beautiful Ropey lava from the 1724-29 Myvatn Fires eruption yesterday.

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They show the classic  ‘ropey’ texture of gas poor, very fluid lava that flowed down the hill and across the valley in the images below. The lava was very brittle.

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The edge of the lava flow

The edge of the lava flow

We have made every effort to collect in a responsible way. We have permission to export from the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and are only collecting loose material. A telegraph line ran across part of the lava flow which gave us a good, very disturbed area to collect from.

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Washing specimens in a hydrothermal shower

Washing specimens in a hydrothermal shower

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