Hiking to the Rim of an Erupting Volcano

Redbud Audubon Society will be hosting Redbud board member Lisa Prather on Nov. 18 starting at 7 p.m. Lisa will be talking about her adventure of traveling 4,000 miles from her home to see a volcano in Iceland. The program is a Zoom presentation and requires pre-registration.

 Why would someone travel 4,000 miles from home to see a volcano? Well, for several reasons. This volcano erupted for the first time in 800 years. And it continued erupting, from March 19 to September 18 of this year, with occasional breaks. It is in a country that has both 150 volcanos and the second-largest glacier in Europe.

We are talking about Iceland. The volcano is Fagradalsfjall.

The “someone” who traveled to see the volcano first-hand, Lisa Prather, is a science and math teacher in the Lakeport School District, now a teaching coach for new Lakeport teachers.

“Fagradalsfjall captured my interest in early March,” Lisa explained, “when news reports announced that an impending volcano was going to emerge in the small island nation of Iceland. My husband and I watched the live feed of the volcano from day one until July 9th when I got to see it in person, sort of.”

Iceland is the second-largest island in Europe, after Great Britain. It spans two tectonic plates: The North American and Eurasian; and its volcanos draw from deep in the molten mantle of the Earth. It has a mild summer climate for such a northern latitude. Despite its name, Iceland is a green nation in both its renewable energy and vegetation, making summer visitors speculate why it was dubbed ‘the land of ice.’

To register for this Zoom presentation click on the link in Redbud Audubon’s online newsletter, or go to www.redbudaudubon.org and click on the registration link on the home page of the website.

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