NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite captured the Skeiðarárjökull Glacier, Iceland.
Skeiðarárjökull is located in the southern region of Vatnajökull National Park, which covers about 14% of the country. The park’s volcanic zones hold many groundwater fauna that has survived the ice age. Many scientists come to Vatnajökull to study the single-celled organisms that live in the park’s subglacial lakes because these inhospitable environments may be similar to those on Jupiter and Saturn. Because of its unique convergence of glaciers and volcanoes, Vatnajökull is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.
Reference: Iceland’s Volcanic Glacier (NASA Earth Observatory)
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