Earth Observatory: The Infant Island of Surtsey, Iceland Feature Summary
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The Island of Surtsey, Iceland
- This is Surtsey, a volcanic island formed in 1963 off the southern coast of Iceland, which lies astride the the mid-Atlantic Ridge (the boundary of the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates). To learn more about this image, see The Island of Surtsey, Iceland. For a three-dimensional view of Surtsey, visit Surtsey Topography. To see how the plate boundary runs right through Iceland, go to the Smithsonian Institution's This Dynamic Planet, and zoom in on Iceland.
- image credit: IKONOS Satellite image courtesy of GeoEye; image source; larger image
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- August 16, 2008 - September 1, 2008