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Eyjafjallajkull in Time-Lapse

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Epic cinematography of the Icelandic volcano no one can pronounce the name of.

Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. When the Eyjafjallajkull volcano erupted in Iceland in April, Los Angeles photographer Sean Stiegemeier was so unimpressed by the "mediocre" pictures in the news that he decided to fly to Iceland to shoot it himself. After hard-fought battles with cancelled flights and bad weather, Stiegemeier had a day and half to capture the......read more

Central America's Geothermal Potential

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Region beginning to tap seismic volatility for electricity needs.

The entire length of Central America is dotted with active volcanoes, a geographic fact that can have disastrous consequences for people in the region. But it also presents a positive opportunity, in the form of geothermal energy potential. And it's beginning to be realized. Geothermal power plants harness energy from water that is heated by molten rock beneath the volcanos. A reliable......read more

Photos from Iceland

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Stunning images of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

Boston.com's The Big Picture assembled a collection of astonishing images from Iceland's volcanic eruption last weekend. We collected a few highlights. Photo credits, left to right: 1. AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti2. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson3. HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images4. HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images5. AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti6. HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images7. AP Photo/Arnar......read more

Photos of Icelandic Volcanoes

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Soft-hued landscape photography by Marcel Musil

One day we'll knock Iceland off of our travel bucket list. Until then, we'll have to make do with these photos, which pretty much fulfill our vision of what it looks like, minus the strangely beautiful, blue-eyed inhabitants. Shot by Czech travel photographer Marcel Musil, the pics capture the island nation's volcanic mountain landscape in all its pastel splendor. Timely too, with Iceland's......read more

The Year in Volcanic Activity

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The most explosive volcano photos of 2011, courtesy of The Atlantic

2011 was a volatile year for volcanic activity, with eruptions taking place all around the world, from Japan, Chile and Argentina, to Indonesia, Iceland, and Italy. Most recently, the volcano Nyamulagira in the Democratic Republic of Congo blew off some steam. While the steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava can cause terror for people living in nearby -- never mind the effects on the global......read more

An Indonesian Volcano Burns Bright Blue

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Photographer Olivier Grunewald captures otherworldly images of Kawah Ijen volcano

Four-time World Press Photo winner Olivier Grunewald recerntly traveled to  East Java, Indonesia to capture these surreal nighttime images of the sulfur mine in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano. The photos, spotted on Smithsonian mag, were snapped during shooting of a new documentary Grunewald is releasing with Régis Etienne, the president of......read more

Airspace Reboot

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A look at European airspace returning to use after being closed due to volcanic ash from Icelandic volcano

The April 16 volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed ash all over northern Europe, grinding air travel to a halt for several days. This neato animation, produced by UK web mapping services company ITO World, visualizes what happened to European airspace in the aftermath. ...read more

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