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Keflavik to Reykjavik

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The Glorious Geology of Iceland's Golden Circle

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The road we drive from the Keflavik (Keflavík) Airport to Reykjavik (Reykjavík) is shown in Fig. 2.1. The airport is located on a basaltic lava flow . More specifically, the airport is situated on a smooth lava flow of the type referred to as pahoehoe lava . Basalt means that the molten rock , the magma , which generated the lava was very hot, about 1300 °C, and of comparatively low viscosity , that is, it flowed easily. When flowing on the surface, the lava itself had probably a temperature of around 1200 °C. The lava hosting the airport, however, lies outside the main active volcanic areas of Iceland (Fig. 2.1).

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Gudmundsson, A. (2017). Keflavik to Reykjavik. In: The Glorious Geology of Iceland's Golden Circle. GeoGuide. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55152-4_2

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