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tlr online
03-02-04, 00:00
True to its name, Iceland is shown here covered in a white blanket of ice and snow, floating just south of the edge of the Arctic Circle. Low layers of clouds float over the Greenland Sea and Atlantic Ocean, while a wispy veil of what appears to be dust hovers in the bottom portion of the image. Iceland's southern, low-lying coastlines are greyish-tan, while the rest of the island remains pristine white. The uniform color hides Iceland's four ice caps - Langjokull and Hofsjokull in the interior west, Myrdalsjokull on the southern coast, and Vatnajokull on the eastern coast. This image, taken in the late summer of 2002, shows all four icecaps clearly.

Vatnajokull is the largest of the four, and rests on top of three active volcanoes. The heat from these volcanoes causes the underside of the ice cap to melt, slowly building up mel****er in what is called a caldera. Eventually the caldera spills over and releases a torrent of water known as a glacial melt flood.

This true-color Aqua MODIS image was acquired on January 28, 2004.

http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/images/image02022004_md.jpg

Copyright 2004 NASA

Celli
03-02-04, 00:32
Let's see if I remember correctly. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

Iceland is actually only ice on the coast, but green once you get inland. But Greenland is only green around the coast and ice inland. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

NatEcho
03-02-04, 00:33
Don't know about the coast-thing Celli, but you're right in saying Iceland is green and Greenland is ice. :D

justin
03-02-04, 00:36
Originally posted by Celli:
Let's see if I remember correctly. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

Iceland is actually only ice on the coast, but green once you get inland. But Greenland is only green around the coast and ice inland. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif Yep

However the naming was due to the abundance of trees in Greenland, but you knew that http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Dorothy
04-02-04, 12:48
I heard the name Greenland (Grönland in German) was given to that land by the viking chief to attract settlers to his outpost in Greenland - a kind of pr.

It was much warmer then, but still no trees. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Archeological findings show the death of the viking settlers (at least some of them), because they were too slow to adjust to the Inuits' way of life when the clime became arctic again.

It has been speculated that the christian priest there might have something to do with that.