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Gannet colony, Eldey island, Iceland (63°44’ N, 22°57’ W).Barrier reef, Queensland, Australia (16°55’ S, 146°03’ E).Islet in the terraced rice fields of Bali, Indonesia (8°30’ S, 115°26’ E).
The Maelifell volcano on the edge of the Myrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland (63°51’ N, 19°13’ W).Center-Pivot irrigation, Ma’an, Jordan (29°36’ N, 35°34’ E).Village of Koh Panyi, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand (8°20’ N, 98°30’ W).
Wind turbines of Banning Pass, near Palm Springs, California, United States (33°55’ N, 116°42’ W).Salmon farm near Mechuque in the Chauques Islands, Chile (42°17’ S, 73°34’ W).Goz Amer Sudanese refugee camps, near the Sudanese border, Chad (12°00’ N, 21°23’ E).
Moshav (co-operative village) farm at Nahalal, Jezrael plain, Israel (32°41’ N, 35°13’ E).The Separation Wall built by Israel in the West Bank (31°50’ N, 35°14’ E).Pink ebony on the Kaw mountain, French Guiana (4°30’ N, 52°00’ W).
Saint-Laurent-Nouan electronuclear power station, Loir-et-Cher, France (47°42’ N, 1°35’ E).Marking in a field of GM maize in Grézet-Cavagnan, Lot et Garonne, France (44°23’ N, 0°07’ E).Salt formations on the west coast of the Dead Sea, Israel (31°20’ N, 35°25’ E).
Kilimandjaro’s disappearing snow, Tanzania (3°04’ S, 37°22’ E).Feedlot near Bakersfield, California, United States (36°19’N, 120°16’ W).Nets used for drying algae, Wando Archipelago, South Korea (34°19’ N, 127°05’ E).
New Palm oil plantation, near Pundu, Borneo, Indonesia (1°59’ S, 113°06’ E).Back from fishing in Kayar, Senegal (14°55’ N, 17°07’ W).Delmas open-air coal mine, Republic of South Africa (26°10
Isolated tree in a eucalyptus plantation, Indonesia (1°54’ S, 112°29’ E).Sanlúcar la Mayor solar thermoelectric power station, near Seville, Andalusia, Spain (37°26’ N, 6°15’W).Mbeubeuss dumpsite in Malika, in Dakar, Senegal (14°48’ N, 17°19’ W).
Market near Surulere in Lagos, Nigeria (6°31’ N, 3°22’ E).Holmsarlon lake near the Myrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland (63°51’ N, 19°53’ W).Louis-Saint-Laurent icebreaker in Resolute Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada (74°42’ N, 95°18’ W).




Volcanic chain, Lakagigar, Iceland (64°07’ N, 18°14’ W).

A predominantly volcanic island, Iceland is the site of the greatest eruptions in recorded history. But the greatest of all was probably the eruption of the volcano Laki, also known as Lakagigar, a part of the Myrdalsjökull volcanic system. The eruption began on June 8, 1783 and lasted until February 7, 1784. In that time, some 3.5 mi3 (14.5 km3) of lava spilled out of a 15-mile-long (24 km) fissure, covering a surface of 220 mi2 (570 km2). There were no violent explosions, but magmatic sulfur gas (137 million T [122 million t] of sulfur ejected, largely as sulfur dioxide) was released in abundance. The gas poisoned and killed cattle, while the acid rain it caused destroyed the harvest. In the three years of famine that followed the eruption, a quarter of the Icelandic population died of hunger. During the summer of 1783, a particularly cold one in Europe, observers in France and England noticed that the sun was obscured by a bluish haze. Today we hypothesize that the aerosol cloud propelled into the high atmosphere led to a 1.8°F (1°C) drop in average temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere.

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