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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceTrivia · 1 decade ago

why is the nickname of iceland "land of fire and ice?"?

please i really need an answer!!!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    A land of fire and ice, geysers and paradoxes.

    Icebergs, deserts, volcanoes and lagoons of boiling water.

    Set on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between North America and Europe, Iceland is certainly a country of paradox. In this land of fire and ice, volcanoes erupt under glaciers, black deserts flank green fields and icebergs sit off the beaches of the south.

    The geothermically heated Blue Lagoon, only 10 minutes from Keflavik International Airport and Iceland's biggest tourist attraction.

    Not for nothing is Iceland called the Land of Ice and Fire: its glacial facade covers one of the most active volcanic regions in the world.

    In 1963, inhabitants of the tiny island of Heimaey, six miles south of Iceland, watched with some fear and fascination as an' underwater eruption 14 miles away created a new island before their eyes.

    The island was later named Surtsey, after the Norse god of fire and destruction.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because of it's many volcanoes, thermal springs, and ice sheets:

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/iceland/

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/iceland

    Check out "geological activity" section here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceland

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