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Iceland's Dyrhólaey Coast

Iceland's Dyrhólaey Coast

Posted: 01/28/16


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Paradoxical panoramas pervade Iceland, not the least of which the near-complete encircling of this high-latitude land by volcanic black-sand beaches. As they often do here, fire and ice (in the form of sub-glacial eruptions) colluded to change the landscape in the geologic blink of an eye. Massive slurries of mud, rock and gravel filled a large bay and surrounded its rocky islands, at the bases of their formerly wave-pounded cliffs. It didn't take long after that for the relentless North Atlantic surf to grind the top of the sediment to beach sand. Now the bay is this starkly beautiful coastal plain, its rock islands once again part of the larger landmass.

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