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Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Glacier White Again

The glacier Eyjafjallajökull which has had a black tint ever since a volcano below the ice cap erupted last spring, has now reclaimed its former white and gleaming appearance—snow has fallen on the glacier, covering the thick layers of ash.


Eyjafjallajökull before the eruption.


The gleaming white ice cap seen from Surtsey.


Eyjafjallajökull during the eruption.


The ash cover on top of the glacier. Photos by Páll Stefánsson.

Steam still rises from the glacier—it will take a long time for the eruption channel to cool down, even though the last outburst occurred in mid-June, Fréttabladid reports.

Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson confirmed earlier this week that the eruption has now come to a definite end, even though Eyjafjallajökull might erupt again at a later stage.

Geophysicist Páll Einarsson, a professor at the University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences, remarked that the eruption has actually been over for a long time—should Eyjafjallajökull begin to erupt again, it would be classified as a new eruption.

Click here to read more about the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

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