Amazing Nature Photos: Iceland Volcano

Check out Iceland's volcano and other stunning world images.

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A major volcano erupted on the Eyjafjallajokull glacier on April 14 in Iceland, spewing clouds of volcanic ash across large swaths of Northern Europe. The eruption shuttered European airspace, stranding millions of air travelers and stifling the continent's economy.
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Scientists say the volcano's massive plumes of grit and ash have occurred because the volcano is situated below the glacial ice cap, which cools magma quickly.
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Thick drifts of ash extended from parts of rural Iceland, shuttering airspace and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars.
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Forecasters have predicted that light prevailing winds in Europe and the volcano's continued eruption will continue to cause air travel nightmares in the coming days, though a limited number of flights have resumed.
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A lingering volcanic ash plume forced extended no-fly restrictions over much of Europe as Icelandic scientists warned that volcanic activity had increased and showed no sign of abating.
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In Iceland, winds dragged the ashes over farmland to the southwest of the glacier, causing farmers to scramble to secure their cattle and board up windows.
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Farmers across the region where the volcano erupted this week under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier scrambled to protect their herds from inhaling or ingesting the ash, which can cause internal bleeding, long-term bone damage and tooth loss.
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In Iceland's rural region near the volcano, the amount of ash is overwhelming. The vast majority of the country's farming activity is based on herding cattle, horses and sheep.
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Southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH'-plah-yer-kuh-duhl) volcano began erupting for the second time in a month on April 14, shooting ash several miles into the air.
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Ash settled like a layer of talcum powder in parts of Iceland and lightly coated parts of Scotland, England, Norway and the Faroe Islands.
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Europe could be treated to spectacular sunsets for weeks or months to come from lingering volcanic dust.
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In Iceland, torrents of water have carried away chunks of ice the size of small houses. More floods from melting waters are expected as long as the volcano keeps erupting.
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In 1821, the same volcano erupted for more than a year. Click ahead for more incredible nature photos from around the world.
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Grave markers are silhouetted by the a swirling cloud of a severe thunderstorm as it passes over a rural cemetery near Wellsville, Kansas. The cell had produced a small tornado earlier but caused no damage.
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The Aurora Borealis glows over a lake near the Greenland town of Kangerlussuaq.
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Tourists walk in Siraj Bagh where more than 1.2 Million tulips were in full bloom on April 7 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India. The largest tulip garden, Siraj Bagh, located at the foothills of Zabarwan range, takes part in the annual Tulip festival which is held in the beginning of the spring season in April.
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Palm trees are illuminated on the beach at sunset in the town of Cayo Levisa in the province of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa.
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A farmer tends to his blooming rapeseed field in the hills above in Burford, United Kingdom.
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A black bear wanders through a meadow dotted with fallen trees in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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The Imperial Sand Dunes, near the US-Mexico border.
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Glacier National Park, Montana at sunrise with Mt. Reynolds in the background.
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Trees rise up from farmland in the countryside in Cambodia.
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Ice chunks float in the water in Antarctica.
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Sunflowers growing in a dry field on Villa-Viejas' farm land near Cuenca.
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Lagorge Arch is seen in Davis Gulch canyon at Lake Powell near Page, Arizona.
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A Swedish tourist bathes in a hot spring at Sajama National Park, southwestern Bolivia.
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The Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada.
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Clouds cover the rain forest in the Baram region in Sarawak state, Malaysia.
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A section of the ice sheet covering much of Greenland.
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A satellite image of Mt. St. Helens.
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A log floats over reflected clouds in a lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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A view of Geysers valley at Kamchatka peninsula in Russia
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An iceberg melts off Ammassalik Island in Eastern Greenland.
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A farm worker looks out at a field of rapeseed in Dorking, England.
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A hiker walks near the Silvretta glacier in the Swiss Alps near the town of Klosters, Switzerland.
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Windmill Creek at World Heritage Mount Lewis State Forest, Queensland, Australia.
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A rainbow is seen at the end of a rainstorm over Vitosha mountain near the capital Sofia in Bulgaria.
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A horse grazes near a tree that's leaves have turned red close to the grounds of Westonbirt Arboretum near in Gloucestershire, England.
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Champange Pool at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, New Zealand.
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Lava explodes from the Llaima volcano, one of Chile's most active volcanoes, in Cherquenco, Chile.
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Salts from a geyser in Rotorua, New Zealand.
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A kayaker heads out on to Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park near West Glacier, Montana.
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A lone tree stands out on a plain in the heart of Wyoming in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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Red Navajo Sandstone sand in Llewellyn Gulch canyon near Page, Arizona.
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With the North Rim in the background, tourists hike along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon, Ariz.
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An Aurora Borealis spins above the Talkeetna Range and a hay field on Farm Loop Road near Palmer, Alaska.
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Cherry blossoms line the Tidal Basin in Washington near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
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A boat makes its way through the icebergs in Disko Bay, Greenland.
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Tourists view the Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia.
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