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Strokkur Geyser Erupting

Iceland - March 2008

Strokkur and Geysir Geysers are the two most well known geysers in Iceland. Strokkur erupts very reliably every 5-10 minutes, hurling boiling water to heights of up to 20 meters (70ft) towards the sky. After a few seconds, the fountain subsides and the waters around it calms down. During these times, Strokkur appears as a sheet of clear water surrounded by steam.

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The Geyser known as Geysir... The namesake for all other Geysers. It erupts infrequently in recent years but is still filled with geothermally heated water.

Strokkur Geyser photographed at the instant the water begins to erupt. It forms a brief blue dome of water that lasts a fraction of a second.

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The dome collapses and the hot water and gas bubbles beginning to erupt out of the geyser.

With a thunderous gush, Strokkur shoots hot water straight up.

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I don't suggest getting this close to an erupting geyser, the scalding hot water erupts so quickly that it is difficult to predict exactly when an eruption will begin.

A distant view showing how high the geyser actually erupts.

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A sequence of photos showing the different stages of an eruption of Strokkur Geyser.