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Crater’s Surface Reaching Boiling Point

The temperature in the crater at Gígjökull has risen a great deal in the past days and now looks as if it’s reaching boiling point, mbl.is reports. On the other hand, the water temperature hasn’t risen considerably. Geoscientists witnessed this yesterday, while flying over the area.


Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“Ashes from the crater rims have fallen into the crater as the southwestern ice walls have melted. Now it is forming an isolating coat, which decreases melting but increases temperatures,” explains geophysicist Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson.

When the scientists noticed this, the road to the adjacent Thórsmörk was closed as a cautionary measure. It has now been reopened to traffic.

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