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Skeiðará Bridge Monument

The Destructive Power of Nature

Today a striking example of the enormous forces of nature that are released during a volcanic eruption.
The Icelandic volcanoes are covered with thick ice packs. These glaciers melt in an eruption where vast amounts of melt water containing large blocks of ice spread over the land.

In November 1996 the volcano Vatnajökull, which sat beneath the glacier Skeiðarárjökull, erupted, melting portions of glacier and creating massive floods.
The Skeiðará Bridge, a 880m long girder bridge that led the ring-road 1 over the Skeiðará Skandur (a wide plain or black volcanic sand marbled with creeks of run-off from the Skeiðarárjökull glacier) was totally destroyed. At the peak of this glacier run, 45,000 m³/s of water were coming down. No one was harmed, scientists having very carefully monitored the volcano Vatnajökull which caused the glacier run by its eruption.

The main photo shows in detail the colourful graffiti that have been painted on the Skeiðará Bridge Monument.
The first workshop is a diptych with an overview of the remains of the old bridge and the new bridge under construction.
The second workshop shows the glacier Skeiðarárjökull. Unfortunately, the weather was too bad to get a good picture of the volcano Vatnajökull behind the glacier.

■ Main picture: ◄ Skeiðará Bridge Graffiti►
■ Workshop 1: ◄ Skeiðará Bridge, Old and New ►
■ Workshop 2: ◄ Skeiðarárjökull ►

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5620 W: 329 N: 10884] (42652)
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