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Posts Tagged ‘volcanic’

The Thermal Greenhouse Town of Hveragerði: Iceland’s Offbeat Hotbed

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 29 April 2013

The town of Hveragerði, Iceland, just 45 minutes outside the capital city of Reykjavik, was built over a volcanic magma chamber, capitalising on the abundance of steam and hot water rising from the ground. Here, superheated groundwater can reach temperatures of 392°F. Resourcefully, Hveragerði residents have put their thermal endowments to use in a number of creative ways.

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Photo of the Week: The Gros and Petit Pitons of St. Lucia

  • Solar Tours & Travel (Photo and Text)
  • 17 June 2012

The Gros and Petit Pitons are the most recognisable natural landmarks on St. Lucia, and have been for centuries. Their steep, towering sides are instantly recognisable from miles around and, indeed, from far out at sea. It’s amazing to think that sailors might have felt a huge sense of exhilaration upon spying the Pitons, knowing that they were almost safe on dry land.

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