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Case study: Iceland, Eyjafjallajokull

Background

Eyjafjallajokull is the name of a glacier whose icecap covers the caldera of an active volcano in the
south of Iceland. The mountain is a stratovolcano standing 1651m tall and is fed by a magma chamber
caused by the divergence of the Mid Atlantic ridge.…

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transported by plane to keep them fresh, but the flight ban meant that products returned
unsold and destroyed. Over 50,000 farmers were temporarily unemployed.

Management and response

The close scientific observations in the area before the eruption made it possible to predict that a
eruption would occur, and necessary precautions…

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