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November 13, 2015

Believe It Or Not, This Giant Elephant Emerged From The Seas!

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Vestmannaeyjar is young group of about 15 islands in Iceland, formed by volcanic eruptions over the last 10,000 years or so. In fact, the archipelago lies in the Southern Icelandic Volcanic Zone. But that’s not half as fascinating as its largest island, Heimaey, that has this basalt sea-cliff that looks exactly like an elephant emerging from the sea!

Elephant Rock, Heimaey

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It’s really amazing how the natural rock formation looks exactly like the gnarly trunk of an elephant!

Elephant Rock

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The island came to prominence in 1973 when the nearby volcano of Eldfell, which literally means Mountain of Fire, erupted without warning, leading to an almost complete and permanent evacuation of the island. It was only saved when when an operation was launched to pour cold seawater over the resulting lava, to deflect it from swallowing the island.

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