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Back Soon From Mars

I really, really should have visited Iceland before we started writing a novel set on Mars. If Texas is like a whole other country, Iceland is like a whole other not-quite-fully-terraformed planet.

Finally back in Reykjavik after a week’s trek through the hinterlands north of Eyjafjallajokull and two weeks of camping throughout the rest […]

More on Eyjafjallajokull – Video of Eruption

One of the local newspapers, Morgunblaðið, has some good video of the eruption at Eyjafjallajokull, taken apparently from the nearby Fimmvörðuháls Pass.

It Makes You Wonder…

…if there’s something going on, geologically, with all these earthquakes lately. And now, a volcanic eruption in Iceland to add to the list:

Scientists are flying over southern Iceland to evaluate whether it’s safe for people to return to their homes after a volcanic eruption. Saturday night’s eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano — which is […]

Iceland’s Mess Continues

More proof (as if our own mortgage meltdown wasn’t enough) that one should be wary of “irrational exuberance” during economic booms: Iceland’s Government Topples Amid Financial Mess

The value of the country’s krona currency has plummeted, hitting many Icelanders who took out special loans denoted in foreign currencies for new homes and cars during the […]

Mars Needs Beano

More methane on Mars:

“Methane is quickly destroyed in the Martian atmosphere in a variety of ways, so our discovery of substantial plumes of methane in the northern hemisphere of Mars in 2003 indicates some ongoing process is releasing the gas,” said Michael Mumma of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “At […]