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Geysir in the Haukadalur valley, is the oldest known geyser and one of the world's most impressive examples of the phenomenon.

Changes in the activity of the Geysir and the surrounding geysers are strongly related to earthquake activity. Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 60 metres in the air and happen on average every 10 minutes.

Read more about Geysir here.

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Nearby images in Iceland


A: Geothermal Pools at Geysir

by Tom Mills, less than 10 meters away

Geothermal Pools at Geysir

B: Geyser

by Marcus Hamilton, 10 meters away

The Strokkur geothermal water spout sends hot water and steam 25 metres into the air at regular inter...


C: Geysir Iceland

by Willy Kaemena, 4.5 km away

Wikipedia: "Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was ...

Geysir Iceland

D: Strokkur Geyser Iceland

by Jan Koehn, 4.5 km away

Strokkur Geyser Iceland

E: next to the geyser

by Cepгей Рощин, 4.6 km away

next to the geyser

F: Geysir Geothermal Area

by Marek Koszorek, 4.7 km away

Geysir Geothermal Area

G: Strokkur Geyser

by Karel Gillissen, 4.7 km away

The Strokkir Geyser at the Haukadalur Geothermic Area in Geysir, IcelandThis Geyser shows itself ever...

Strokkur Geyser

H: Standing at geysir Strokkur (Iceland)

by Jürgen Matern, 4.7 km away

The geysir Strokkur is located in the geothermal area of the Great Geysir in the valley of Haukadalur...

Standing at geysir Strokkur (Iceland)

I: Eruption of geysir Strokkur

by Victorina, 4.8 km away

Eruption of geysir Strokkur

J: The Geysir geothermal area, Iceland

by Andrew Bodrov, 4.8 km away

Geysir (sometimes known as The Great Geysir), is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was the first g...

The Geysir geothermal area, Iceland

This panorama was taken in Iceland, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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