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The Land of Fire and Ice!

Posted on: October 31st 2019

Geography students in Years 10 to 13 have just returned back from an incredible visit to the mysterious and unique country of Iceland. Students spent five days exploring the land of fire and ice, visiting an array of geological landmarks formed from tectonic activity and glacial processes. They explored the iconic waterfalls of Gullfoss located in the Hvítá river canyon, climbed 200ft to see the breath-taking views across Skógafoss waterfall, and trekked down the Mid Atlantic Ridge in the Þingvellir National Park; the meeting point of two tectonic plates being dragged apart. At the Hellisheidi Power Station, students discovered the incredible technology of sustainable geothermal power, learning the benefits of living in a tectonically active location. We marvelled at the exploding Strokkur Geyser and the bubbling mud pools within the Golden Circle, exposing the impact of the thin tectonic crust in this area. The trip concluded with a visit to the Reynishverfi black sand beach, admiring the basaltic pillars and distinctive coastal features, finally ending up at the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue which has the mighty and feared Katla Volcano lurking ominously beneath its ice cap. A memorable time was had by all, bringing the students learning to life in a fascinating place like no other.

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