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Icelandic Highland Paradise Covered in Ash

A thick layer of ash covers the highland resort Thórsmörk, which is located near the eruption site in Eyjafjallajökull. Travelers who entered the area last weekend had to sweep the ash off of the tables to eat their packed lunches.

The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

Sveinn Runólfsson, director of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, said it is to be expected that ash will drift from the large area, which is equivalent to four percent of the country’s overall area, in the next two to three years, Fréttabladid reports.

However, Runólfsson said it cannot be predicted with any certainty when the ash drift will be over as there is no experience to base predictions on.

“No human power can stop the drift from these areas, the heaths and the highland pastures,” Runólfsson said.

“But I emphasize that we should reduce the problem of the people living in the area who have been subject to the worst ash fall and strengthen the vegetation in settled areas,” he added.

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