January 01, 2017

The Back Page: Green Energy from Iceland: A Modern Saga

Jonathan Scoll

Around 1200 A.D., the Icelandic Saga poet and Viking chieftain Snorri Sturluson piped a hot spring to an outdoor pool near his house. It is the first recorded use of an energy-rich geologic anomaly Snorri could not suspect: Iceland lies atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a volcanically-active rift separating the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

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