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SO2 pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, seen from Reykjavík

Thick Pollution Layer from the U.S. over Iceland

A 1-km (3,280-feet) thick pollution layer which originated from the U.S. East Coast was detected by coincidence at an altitude of 5 km above the Holuhraun eruption site on January 22. Pollution from North America has never been confirmed in the atmosphere above Iceland before.

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

Glacial Melt Lifts Iceland, Triggers Eruptions

Climate change is causing 11 billion tons of glacial ice to melt in Iceland every year. The glacial melt, which is happening at a faster rate than earlier believed, results in an annual uplift of 35 mm (1.4 in), as a new study concluded. This may lead to more frequent volcanic eruptions.

Austurstræti, Reykjavík

Icelanders Said to Suffer from Skewed Clock

Extensive research of the effect of the clock being set too early in Iceland will begin this month, the darkest period of the year. Earlier studies have indicated that the discrepancy in time measurement and the biological clock may lead to increased health problems.

Icelandic language learning text

Icelandic Course Exported to Faroe Islands

The online language course Icelandic Online received recognition for its contribution and support in maintaining the Icelandic language from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in a ceremony late last year. The program has now also been exported to the Faroe Islands.

Is the English Channel Actually Iceland?

A Guardian reader has ended up with a GBP 22 (ISK 4300/EUR 28) data roaming bill during a ferry trip home to the UK from France, because his mobile phone provider believes he was in Iceland.

banana tree

One Hundred Banana Trees in Iceland

Is Iceland Europe’s largest banana-producing country? If you’ve visited Iceland you may have heard this before. Around 100 banana plants exist in a geothermally-heated greenhouse in Hveragerði.

Cracks in the lava by the Holuhraun eruption.

Changes in Groundwater May Signal Large Earthquake

The results of a new study on two large earthquakes in North Iceland in 2012 and 2013 indicate that changes in the chemical composition of groundwater in areas prone to earthquakes may be used to predict large earthquakes and to improve knowledge of processes in the earth’s crust.

An Icelandic forest.

Warm Weather Forecast for Iceland in 2050

In 2050, Iceland will be warmer and may experience more rain than it does currently. With warmer weather, areas where forest may grow will be larger. The UN Climate Week is currently taking place in New York, where Birta Líf of the Icelandic Met Office will represent Iceland.

University of Iceland

Artists and Scientists to Collaborate in New Project

The Institute of Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland and the Iceland Academy of the Arts recently received a ISK 26 million (USD 217,000, EUR 170,000) grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers to conduct a new project.

Fly factory

Fly Factory for Food

Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson, a graduate from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, has created a food factory in a closet, creating food using liquefied larvae.

Hekla volcano Iceland

New 3D Map of Iceland

New 3D images of Iceland using satellite imagery provide a more accurate picture of Iceland than has been available before. Munich University along with institutions in Germany have been working on the map in cooperation with Icelandic companies.

Sushi

Icelandic Seaweed to be used in Sushi?

Eva Dögg Jóhannesdóttir, biologist at the West Fjords Natural History Institute, is currently researching the possibility of cultivating purple laver, an edible variety of red alga, to produce Nori sheets, which are used to wrap sushi pieces.

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