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Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano Eruption Likely

Bardarbunga  Getty Images

Bardarbunga Getty Images

Bardarbunga Volcano Concerns

“I read that the Bárdarbunga volcano in Iceland is considered restless, what does this mean?

Well, it simply means that it is showing some signs that it might be moving towards a future eruption. In the case of Bárdarbunga we are talking about earthquakes that are deep enough to be of magmatic origin, we also see GPS motion indicating that magma could be moving into the system, and on occasion we see magmatic tremor. For these reasons it has been called “restless”. The reason why Bárdarbunga is not classified as Active is that we do not really know how she behaves before an eruption. This is because the last eruption started in December 1902 and ended in June 1903…” Bardarbunga Info & More


Technology & Mapping: Awesome Imagery!

Portland Map Age HomesThis is a cool site that is somewhat interactive. It shows various cities around the world. I include my home town, Portland, Oregon (USA). The top map shows homes older than 1880 and up to present construction. The next pic is my neighborhood. Using this interactive site requires you know something about your city overlay as the roads are not labeled. 

Home Area PortlandI came by this at Map Lab and then to Lab Rat Revenge

“When Justin Palmer stumbled across a dataset that included the year nearly every building in the Portland metro area was built, he was curious how old the buildings on his block are. Instead of just searching the data for his neighbors’ addresses, he made the beautiful map above.”

“He posted the map on his website, and it soon caught the eye of other mapmakers. Just a few days later, Thomas Rhiel published a similar map of Brooklyn, spurred by New York City’s release of a huge dataset known as PLUTO. Pretty soon, more maps began popping up. Soon there was a map of all of New York City, one of Reykjavik, Iceland, and one of Ljubljana, Slovenia, each with its own amazing colors, patterns and stories.”

Learn Along With Us How to Make a Map of Building Ages

“These maps make more than just pretty pictures. Palmer learned from his map that Portland’s oldest building identifiable by name was built in 1851. Only 942 structures are left from the 1890s while 75,434 built in the 1990s are still standing. Palmer graphed the steep and steady decline of new buildings since 2005.”

It is a little confusing to negotiate at first but interesting to explore. Give it a try…especially you well traveled folks.


Iceland FF Opportunities (Short & Sweet)

Brunnhellishro by Lisa

Brunnhellishro by Lisa

“The short, bright and beautiful summers, racing into blossom and bloom and back to autumn in a matter of a few weeks, provide a fleeting opportunity for sport in a truly primeval landscape. A landscape in which is played the oldest of games – to tempt the prized quarry from its rock or ledge invoking an instinct as old as the volcanic amphitheatre that hosts the event.”  (

A glimpse of fly fishing in an intimate setting, as we would all enjoy.

is-fishing-village-th1You know, if I recall any travel show I have watched about Iceland, the show depicts a frozen landscape, people driving over a surreal passageway to some warm safe haven where food and drink can be had at a small fortune. Frozen and expensive…not the most inviting invite to visit what must be very hardy people…but, as is the case our impressions are formed by others and we grasp some fleeting images and words and form lasting beliefs, that may only be true in part, if at all. So, silly me I noted visitors from Iceland. Well, hmmm, it thaws in Finland, Alaska, Montana, Slovenia, Manitoba, and even Minnesota. So, I looked into Iceland’s fly fishing opportunities. I expected Atlantic Salmon and Iceland has classic salmon fishing opportunities, but the ‘sea trout’, brown trout are beautiful and the landscape appears windswept and beautiful. I have a new appreciation of Iceland’s opportunities. I am replacing the images of months of frozen tundra with the images from the Global Fly Fisher link…much more appealing…now, if the costs could come down. Wonder if I have family in Iceland?


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