March 27, 2012

Can Iceland Use the Heat from 'Hell'?

Arnfinn Christensen, ScienceNordic


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Krafla is in the north of Iceland. This dip in the landscape is a caldera ten kilometres wide – a geological feature like a cauldron, created when the core of a volcano collapsed in the distant past.

The crater Víti is inside Krafla. Víti means “Hell” in Icelandic. In 1724 this crater erupted.

Icelandic scientists have drilled a two-kilometre deep well into the crater to judge opportunities for utilising this deep geo-energy.

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TAGGED: Magma, Iceland, Geothermal Energy