Sunday, August 30, 2015

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Seawater from 6,500 feet (1,981 m) below the surface feeds into the lagoon.

Executive summary by darmansjah

ICELAND straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Upwelling magma built the island and heats its vast reservoirs of water, creating a geothermal paradise. First among the country’s many simmering geothermal pools is the Blue Lagoon, a turquoise vision in a black basaltic moonscape. The geothermal spa is fed by seawater 6,500 feet (1,981 m) beneath the surface, where it reaches a searing 464F (240C). capturing silica and other minerals on its way to the surface, it mereges fro mthe ground at a balmy 100F (38C), just right for pampering visitors.

BLUE OASIS The Blue Lagoon’s intense colour comes from a combination of blue-green algae and white silica mud. Visitors often rub the chalky mud into their skin, believing it has healthful properties.

A GEOTHERMAL GIFT A woman relaxes in the blue lagoon’s steamy waters. Averaging 100F (38C) at the edges, and warmer in the center, the lagoon is fed by Iceland’s abundant supply of heated groundwater

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