Strokkur is a fountain geyser in the geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in Iceland in the southwest part of the country, it is located near the capital Reykjavik, Strokkur is one of the most famous active geyser and European country. Its name comes from the Icelandic word churn "milk". Often erupts every five to eight minutes, which has become a real attractive tourism in Iceland. The average height of each eruption fluctuates between 15-20 meters, although there have been sometimes when it has reached 40 meter in height.
|Strokkur, A Geyser Beginning To Erupt. Image credit Ryan Taylor|
Strokkur was first mentioned in 1789, after an earthquake unblocked the conduit of the geyser. Its activity fluctuated in the 19th century; in 1815 its height was estimated to be as much as 60 meters. It continued to erupt until the turn of the 20th century, when another earthquake blocked the conduit again. In 1963 a 40 meter deep hole was drilled from the bottom of its basin, after which it has spouted or at least squirted merrily ever since. Discharge from the spring, or rather from the borehole, is currently 2.5 l/s. and the geyser has been regularly erupting ever since.This action was successful in bringing Strokkur ‘back to life’ and its eruptions are now very reliable.
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|Strokkur geyser in Iceland. Taken from a plane. Strokkur is Icelandic for "churn". Image credit Christian Kornmesser|
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