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Environmental Concerns Halt Power Line Project

The ruling committee for environmental and natural resource issues decided last Friday that the work on power lines to PCC’s silicon plant at Bakki, North Iceland, must be halted for the time being for environmental reasons.

Puffins in Iceland

More than 80 Percent of Puffin Chicks Die

After initial reports of a successful nesting season—unusually many puffins laid eggs and unusually many chicks were hatched—it has now turned out that 83 percent of puffin hatchlings in the Vestmannaeyjar islands off Iceland’s south coast have died due to lack of food.

Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier.

Large Quake Occurs in Bárðarbunga Volcano

An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the northern end of Bárðarbunga between 4 and 5 am yesterday morning. The volcano, which lies under the massive Vatnajökull glacier, caused the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption in the northeastern highlands of Iceland.

A tufted duck with ducklings.

Reykjavík Pond Birdlife Recovering

This summer’s nesting season at Tjörnin, the Reykjavík Pond, in the Vatnsmýri bird reserve in the city center, is looking to be successful. The local birdlife is on the mend after many years of poor results. Three new duck species have appeared there in recent years.

A Lava Pool Disappears

The most unusual bathing place in Iceland, a natural pool to the north-east of the newly formed lava at Holuhraun in the 2014-15 eruption, has now disappeared.

Will Katla Volcano Erupt?

Because Katla is under a glacier, an eruption will be accompanied with a major flood that could do considerable damage to houses, roads and bridges in the area. People who remembered the 1918 eruption shook with fear many year later when they recalled the outburst.

Tent in Vík

Set up Tent in Doctor’s Back Yard

The physician in Vík í Mýrdal, South Iceland, and his wife returned home from a short vacation Tuesday night to discover someone had set up a tent in front of their living room window.

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