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In a geological feature found many places in Iceland, columns of basalt rock were formed many years ago, as cooling lava solidified into tightly packed hexagonal shapes. At Svartifoss (the ?Black Falls?), the columns form a natural amphitheater where the on-going action of water and weather slowly carve away chunks of the rock face. Water flows over and seeps through, and creates the conditions for a carpet of rich green plant life covering the steep tumbles of fallen boulders.
Fallen Rock and Falling Water, Skaftafell National Park
Iceland


In a geological feature found many places in Iceland, columns of basalt rock were formed many years ago, as cooling lava solidified into tightly packed hexagonal shapes. At Svartifoss (the ?Black Falls?), the columns form a natural amphitheater where the on-going action of water and weather slowly carve away chunks of the rock face. Water flows over and seeps through, and creates the conditions for a carpet of rich green plant life covering the steep tumbles of fallen boulders.
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