Did you know that the geological terms “geyser” and “jökulhlaup” stem from our language, icelandic?
Geyser is the word from the one and only Geysir in Hthe Haukadalur area, south Iceland. Geysir itself erupts boiling water up to 70 meters, but is almost inactive now. The nearby Strokkur erupts around every 4 minutes.
Jökulhlaup is icelandic name and the international term for a geological activity. When volcanic activity occurs under a glacier and water melts, it often leads to sudden meltwater and glacial lake outburst flood underneath and out from the edge of the ice. Grímsvötn, an active volcano underneath Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland, is most famous for the frequent eruptions and resulting jökulhlaup so the south of the glacier.0