Iceland Volcano Blows Spectacular Smoke Ring

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull seems to know no bounds when it comes to amazing us. On May 1 geologist Joseph Licciardi of the University of New Hampshire could barely believe his eyes as he snapped these amazing images of the volcano blowing a ring of steam and gas high into the air.

Licciardi said that just how the rings form remains a mystery. It’s possible that bursts of gas through narrow vents would do the job, much like cigar or cigarette smokers blow rings with their mouths.

“The ring lasted about 5 minutes or so before dissipating,” Licciardi told Discovery News. “The apparent fact that Eyjafjallajokull has blown only one observed smoke ring in the past month or so seems to indicate that this is an exceedingly rare occurrence during the present eruption. I feel incredibly fortunate to have witnessed it!”

The volcano on Iceland caused major problems for air traffic in Europe. At the moment it seems to have ceased its activity. There is no volcanic ash or lava coming any more from the volcano in the glacier Eyjafjallajökull, according to a spokesperson for the Meteorological Institute in Reykjavik.

The cloud in the atmosphere consists only of water vapor but if the volcano’s track record is any indication, it may be a long time before Eyjafjallajokull is done with us.

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