Strokkur Geyser

Strokkur Geyser

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Credit: BERNHARD EDMAIER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Strokkur Geyser. Eruption of steam and hot water from Strokkur Geyser, Iceland. Geysers are deep natural wells in geothermal rock fissures. Their water lies in a large chamber at the well's base. The water is heated by surrounding rocks until it is well over its normal boiling point, but is prevented from boiling by hydrostatic pressure. At a critical temperature, the superheated water spontaneously boils, causing an eruption.

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Keywords: erupting, eruption, geography, geothermal activity, icelandic, nature, steam, strokkur geyser, superheated water

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