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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Two broad swaths of wind-blown ash, many kilometers across, obscure the Icelandic coastline and sweep over the Atlantic Ocean in this natural color image from May 26, 2010.

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Nighttime Ash Tracking with CALIPSO
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Nighttime Ash Tracking with CALIPSO

A nighttime view of the ash over the North Atlantic on May 16, 2010, is paired with a vertical profile showing the altitude of the plume from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A thick plume of charcoal-colored ash—one of the last big eruptions from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in May 2010—casts dark shadows on a pristine deck of clouds in this image from May 18, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Ash from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano continues to fill the sky over Iceland, but the plume is heading away from much of Europe.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Acquired May 17, 2010, this natural-color image shows an ash plume from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano roughly mimicking the southern Iceland coastline.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Acquired on May 15, 2010, this natural-color image shows a brown and gray plume blowing off the coast of Iceland from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Acquired May 13, 2010, this natural-color image of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano shows a puffball of volcanic ash towering over a lower-altitude ash plume that fans out toward the southeast.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

NASA satellite measurements show the height of the Eyjafjallajökull ash plume on May 7, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Reaching a height of 4 to 5 kilometers (13,000-17,000 feet), the plume of ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano rises above a sea of clouds in this image from May 12, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano erupted a thick plume of ash on May 11, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A dense plume of ash and steam rises from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in this photo-like image from May 10, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A high plume of ash and steam from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano hangs over a lower cloud of wind-blown ash in this natural-color image from May 7, 2010.

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New Ash Eruptions from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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New Ash Eruptions from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A broad plume of brown ash spreads east and south from Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in this image from May 6, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A burst of high-altitude ash from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano on May 4, 2010, led to another round of flight delays and cancellations in the British Isles.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Increased activity at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano caused a new wave of flight cancellations in Ireland and Great Britain in early May 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Acquired May 2, 2010, this natural-color image shows an ash plume and steam over the summit of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. An ash plume blows toward the southeast, passing over a dark ash field on the land surface.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Color codes reveal ash layers at different altitudes during eruptions at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano on April 19, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A pyrocumulus cloud rises through the ash above the summit of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano on April 24, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

These satellite images of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption show not only the extent of the plume, but also the amount and type of particles in the plume.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano has quieted considerably over the past few days, with ash emissions continuing but only rising to a height of 20,000 feet (6,100 meters).

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Hot spots on Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
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Hot spots on Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

The image from April 19, 2010, shows both the eruption plume and the heat signature of lava at the summit of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and at nearby Fimmvörduháls, the site of a precursor eruption.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

These images provide a stereo (3-D) view of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano’s eruption plume, illustrating how high the plume was compared to the surrounding clouds on April 19, 2010.

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Detailed View of Ash Plume at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
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Detailed View of Ash Plume at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

A billowing cloud of ash emanates from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano on April 17, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A broad plume of ash extends south from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in this photo-like image from April 19, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A concentrated plume of ash from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano rises over a more diffuse cloud of ash, casting a dark shadow on the lower-altitude cloud.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

This map shows the amount of volcanic ash and haze over the North Atlantic following the eruption of Iceland&rsquos;s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano on April 15, 2010.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A tan plume of ash arced across northern Europe on April 16, 2010, when this true-color image was acquired.

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Ash Plume across the North Atlantic
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Ash Plume across the North Atlantic

Acquired April 15, 2010, this natural-color image shows an ash plume blowing from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano toward the east-southeast across the North Atlantic. The plume’s tan hue indicates a fairly high ash content.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

A 100-kilometer-long plume of steam and ash stretches from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano towards Europe.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

On April 4, 2010, lava poured out of two fissures near Eyjafjallajökull as the eruption near the Fimmvörduháls Pass entered its third week.

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New Fissure near Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland
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New Fissure near Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

A steam plume marks the site of a new volcanic fissure in the Fimmvörduháls Pass region of southern Iceland.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

The volcanic eruption near Eyjafjallajökull persists into its second week, with continued lava fountaining and lava flows spilling into nearby canyons.

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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

Lava fountains erupt near Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland, on March 24, 2010.

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