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Geysir

Listed under Hot Springs in Iceland.

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Geysir in south Iceland is the most famous springs or geyser (the word is derived from this Icelandic spring) on this volcanic island. Iceland sits atop a huge 'plume' of magma stretching 100s of km below it towards the earth's core, in the mid-Atlantic Ridge rift zone. It ejects a water column to a height of about 180 feet.

This 'plume' makes Iceland richer in hot springs and geothermal activity than any other country on earth. Over 200 geothermal areas produce 800+ hot springs with an average water temperature of around 75C / 167F.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

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