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Strokkur Geyser

The beautiful Strokkur geyser is located near the Hvítá River in the southwestern part of Iceland. It is one of the country’s most famous geysers. It erupts every 4 to 8 minutes and releases water that reaches an average of 20 meters high, but can reach over 40 meters.

Strokkur was first reported in 1789, after an earthquake unblocked the flow of water. Eruptions were regular until 1896 when another earthquake inactivated it. In 1963, local people succeeded in unblocking the water flow and the geyser has been active ever since.

Prior to eruptions, the pool is full and gently pulsates. The eruption commences when a pulse of rising steam pushes the water upwards forming a large dome of water. The steam bursts through and expels the water at great speed.

(Source: photovolcanica.com)

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