The Schnedlers’ penultimate visions of IcelandMay 26, 2014
The landscapes just about anywhere in Iceland make it crystal clear that you’re not in Kansas — or in Arkansas. The myriad images on the memory cards of Marcia and Jack Schnedler’s pocket-size Canon cameras verify the spectacular scenery all across this island nation that covers less territory than the Natural State.
As the Schnedlers near the end of 24 days circumnavigating Iceland, here is a potpourri of photographs (taken mostly by Marcia). They showcase a land sculpted by repeated volcanic activity stemming from the island’s location astride the American and Eurasian continental plates.
These tectonic plates are drifting ever so slowly apart, helping fuel Iceland’s 30 volcanic systems rated as active. Over the past 500 years, it is estimated that the eruption of volcanoes here have produced a third of the planet’s total lava output. Imagine Arkansas with more than 30 active volcanoes, and you get some idea of the geological architecture here.\