The structure is of the concrete-faced rock fill dam (CFRD) type, and when complete will be the highest of its kind in Europe and among the highest in the world
The number of jobs the project will create
is estimated at 400 direct and an additional 500
indirect jobs. The total investment by the government
in the hydropower scheme amounts to at least 1.1
billion Euro, or over 1 million Euro per job created.
This corresponds to 3000 Euro of tax money per
citizen of Iceland.
The electricity generated by the scheme has no
domestic use. Alcoa, the company that will run the
smelter has agreed to buy electricity for the next 40
years. Independent research suggests that if interest
rates increase, the price of aluminium falls, and the
króna remains strong (all of which are projected), the
project will lose over 20 million Euro a year. In this
case the country will be effectively subsidising Alcoa
with a huge overseas debt.
Today at the annual general meeting of the Icelandic Glaciological Society the geophysicist Páll Einarsson confirmed that a volcanic eruption is imminent in one or two years time in Upptyppingar near Askja. He said this was a direct result of the inundation of Kárahnjúkar. He also claimed that the earthquakes that had started in February, ceased temporarily when the inundation was halted, but as soon as it was continued the tremors began again. The water in Halslon weighs two billion tons now and over 4000 earthquakes have been recorded since February.
Einarsson added that it was a mystery why the effects of the inundation were felt 20 kilometers away from Karahnjukar, instead of in the immediate vicinity of the dams.
He finally said that the eruption will probably last for many decades, even for many centuries.
Jakobsdóttir said a longer fissure doesn’t necessarily produce more ash and it should not be assumed that the neighboring volcano Katla will erupt in direct continuation of the current eruption, although there is a certain connection between eruptions in the two volcanoes.
Björn Gunnarsson of the Air Ground Rescue Team of Reykjavík (FBSR) told mbl.is that lava is now flowing down the Hvannárgil canyon. He and his team flew around the eruption zone at noon.
The FBSR team was the first observe the eruption from air today.
Originally posted by therookie
Its always fun, to have a little joke.
Im reading in icelandic news, with gps (they track around these area( they are still reading big movements in the earth. So no one, really know what is going on right now. There could be more quake coming from different places, and also there is still more power in this outbreak.
I know a guy who had a dream when he was a young boy. There was fire and lava all around him in one house in Reykjavík. Today he live in this house, and he expect this dream will come true, like many other dreams.
Also i heard another story about a man, who had a dream 40 years ago. what is happening today here in Iceland, about the crysis and the volcano eroptuion. In this dream he said, the chain of the world would go off.
Sorry how my english is
Originally posted by MischeviousElf
reply to post by therookie
reply to post by soficrow
Sofi boo and lol visions of a white cat being stroked in an underground complex did come to mind "Dr NoIce"
Considering all of humanities crimes against nature, and all that bad karma surrounding the human species these days, I'd say it's about time mother nature did something with the lot of them.
Is this payback for Iceland telling the global financiers to shove it?
Originally posted by who-me?
reply to post by beebs
If your theory it right, then China's next for "Banning Google"
Hope its wrong and were all safe.
Research by a British academic has demonstrated how a volcanic gas cloud emanating from an Icelandic volcano killed 30,000 Britons in a hitherto little-studied environmental disaster two centuries ago.
"People died in such vast numbers because the volcanic cloud exacerbated their respiratory illnesses," said Dr John Grattan, a senior lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, who has been studying the impact on Britain of the eruption of Iceland's Laki volcano in 1783. According to the new research, most victims in Britain died from heart and lung problems caused by the gas and fine dust from the cloud and from associated hot climatic conditions causing additional health problems.
"A similar eruption today would kill up to 100,000 people in this country because we now have a much larger population and a much bigger percentage of it is elderly and therefore more vulnerable," said Dr Grattan. Iceland poses a particular threat not only because it is relatively near to the UK, but also several of its volcanoes are of a particularly dangerous type because of the vast quantities of atmospheric pollution they can produce. Iceland has the world's highest number of so-called fissure volcanoes. Unlike ordinary volcanoes, these erupt when vast cracks, sometimes up to 35 miles long, open up in the ground. Icelandic fissure volcanoes can erupt continuously for more than five years.
How could the Siberian Traps cause global mass destuction? The immeadiate area would be affected by such things as lava and pyrocastic flows but how does this affect the other side of the world? The real power of the Siberian Traps was the climate altering potential by the emission of ash and gases.
The Siberian Traps is recognised as having a large proportion of pyroclastic deposits relative to other flood basalts. This indicates an explosive nature with much ash and gases being pumped into the atmosphere. All of this ash and gas has two main effects that, even though they are opposite to each other, act on differing timescales.
Initially sulfur aerosols and volcanic ash envelop the earths atmosphere blocking out sunlight and sending surface temperatures plunging . Ash and sulphur aerosols can remain in the upper atmosphere for 100's to 1000's of years which would be enough to cause a significant glaciation. At the end of the Permian period the biggest ever drop in sea level in history occurred. Two scientists named Holser and Magaritz in 1987 proposed that such a marine regression could be caused by a large scale glaciation.
The second major effect is the emission of greenhouse gases such as CO2, methane and also water vapour. Green house gases warm the climate by allowing sunlight to pass through, heat reflected by the Earth itself cannot penetrate the atmosphere so is retained. Greenhouse gases stay in the atmosphere much longer so their climate changing effects can last for millions of years.