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Iceland formed only ten million years ago when oceanic volcanoes erupted along the earth's tectonic plates, resulting in this rapidly changing landscape. This aerial view displays the exquisite beauty of erosion patterns on flood plains left by jökulhlaups --glacier bursts --that occur when geothermal heat melts subglacial ice and water bursts through in a catastrophic flood.

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Iceland formed only ten million years ago when oceanic volcanoes erupted along the earth's tectonic plates, resulting in this rapidly changing landscape. This aerial view displays the exquisite beauty of erosion patterns on flood plains left by jökulhlaups --glacier bursts --that occur when geothermal heat melts subglacial ice and water bursts through in a catastrophic flood.

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