Photographer's Note

A view on Víti near the Krafla volcano. A maar is a former creater filled with water. This one was born not so long ago, on 17th may 1724 : lava coming up to the surface met groundwater and the heat shock created a huge explosion. During the 5 following years the area was hitten by earthquakes and lava eruptions. They were called Mývatn fires because the lava flew to the Mývatn lake a few kilometres from there. The incredible colour of Víti crater water is due to siliceous algae in the water.

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Additional Photos by Olivier THIERRY (chawax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1362 W: 21 N: 3240] (20760)
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