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Giant rifts in Iceland, Iceland

From series “Dangerous Faults and Rifts of Earth Crust”
Last years the researchers keep a close eye to the Iceland volcanoes. Earlier their power and dangerousness were underestimated. On the territory of the island, you can see several faults of the earth that has appeared after the movements of Eurasia and North American tectonic plates. The plates go from each other year by year for 7 mm. At the first glance, it seems not so crucial. However, for the last 10 000 years, the fault became bigger for 70 meters. If we put together these measures with the Earth age, these changes are drastically big.

Giant rifts in Iceland, Iceland Some scientists think that the main part of the fault is covered with glaciers. Their melt can become a reason for the increase of the fault. The overheated substance under the earth is covered with a huge amount of ice. If this ice melt and the water come to the fault, the large catastrophe won't pass away. That’s why ecologists and researchers from the whole world see the global warming as the main reason for the imminent lithosphere catastrophe.

Nowadays near the fault there are a lot of large cities and villages. They can be drastically destroyed after a small earthquake. Powerful Iceland volcanos were the reason of numerous large catastrophes of the 18th century. From them had suffered a lot of European cities and even Egypt. The explosions were so tremendous that their ash destroyed all agricultural fields of Egypt. This period of time was quite hard for the country. In 1784 the next explosion led to long-lasting temperature fall in the North part of the world. Next - Canyon Psaho

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Íslandsbanki hraðbanki' located in 23 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Hertz Car Rental Iceland - Akureyri Airport' is located in 21 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'N1' in 23 km
Supermarket: 'Holtsel' in 7.07 km
Parking: 'Bílastæði Hofs og Átaks' in 24 km
Apotheek: 'Akureyrarapótek' in 24 km
Police station: 'Akureyri Police Station' in 24 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Silva' in 14 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Akureyri Airport AEY - in 22 km

Best hotels near Giant rifts in Iceland

Guesthouse Uppsalir

Located in 13 km from Giant rifts in Iceland
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Rooms: 3
Bed linen and towels are included in all rooms at Guesthouse Uppsalir. Rooms have access to shared bathroom facilities and a communal kitchen. … More: photo, rates and booking
Ytra Laugaland

Located in 14 km from Giant rifts in Iceland
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Rooms: 4
Wooden floors are provided in each Ytra Laugaland room, along with a seating area and desk. Shared bathroom facilities are located on both of the … More: photo, rates and booking
Engimyri Guesthouse

Located in 16 km from Giant rifts in Iceland
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Rooms: 8
A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is available in all guest rooms. Toilets and showers are either private or shared. The hotel garden includes … More: photo, rates and booking
Lamb Inn Öngulsstadir

Located in 17 km from Giant rifts in Iceland
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Rooms: 17
Lamb Inn's bright, simple rooms have wooden floors, a desk and seating area. Each room offers fjord and mountain views. Wi-Fi is free in public … More: photo, rates and booking

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