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Not a particlularly inspiring photo I know, but I thought I wold share it with you all as it's quite interesting (in my opinion anyway!).

This photo was taken on a beach near the small town of Vik in Southern Iceland (see my other photos for a view of the village).

The rock at the beach here is made up of volcanic lava and ash deposits from relatively recent eruptions. As the rock is quite new, it is soft and very susceptible to erosion from the harsh North Atlantic ocean battering the coast, and also from the many rivers of glacial meltwater running from the interior of the country.

This photo is taken just inland from where a meltwater stream meets the sea, which causes very turbulent waters. We watched for several minutes as the water rushing in and out carved away literally inches of rock and beach, and luckliy for me I photographed it just as a huge chunk was washed away and the top layers were about to collapse.

It must be very worrying for the villagers who live in this part of Iceland, as they must be terrified not only of the land eroding back into where they live, but also of the very real threat of a volcanic eruption from the interior.

Cropped a little and sharpened from original.

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  • Copyright: Dave UK (daverey) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 87] (560)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-11-20
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: PENTAX OPTIO S40
  • Exposure: f/4.8, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2005-04-13 4:13
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