Hi Mark, it's Tao. I’m in a state of shock. I went to sleep last night and I woke up and... I suddenly - I was in the strangest place I have ever seen. It was foggy and there were boats. They seemed to be waiting for me. They wanted to ferry me across a strange river. I wanted to go in but I blinked, and suddenly I've been transported to another planet. It felt like Mars. It was red and rocky. The only difference was that there was water flowing through it, and ice and other strange liquids. Tao's Video of His Trip to Iceland There were signs of some kind of civilization. My first thought was that I had been abducted by aliens. I felt that … my camera around my neck so I just started looking around and out of instinct I just started shooting. Then I stumbled upon this power plant... There were these massive silver tubes and turbines spewing white steam and there were geodesic domes scattered around the landscape. And it was all being run by these strange creatures. They looked like sheep, and they were highly intelligent and they were communicating with each other telepathically. Psychedelic Landscapes Then I thought – of course I haven't been abducted by aliens, that's absurd. I must have just taken some very powerful hallucinogenic drug and I’m just at the peak of an immense trip right now. It was all so psychedelic. The landscapes... the bizarre plants, the colors, the impossible colors. Waterfalls everywhere I looked. The entire mood of the place was psychedelic. But every time I closed my eyes and I’d open them and I was in a different place. I found myself driving down a road… then I was in a lava field… Then suddenly I
Hi Mark, it’s Tao. I’m in a state of shock. I went to sleep last night and I woke up and… I suddenly – I was in the strangest place I have ever seen. It was foggy
A geologically young land, Iceland is located on both the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which runs right through it. This location means that the island is highly geologically active with many volcanoes, notablyHekla, Eldgjá, Herðubreið and Eldfell. The volcanic eruption of Laki in 1783–1784 caused a famine that killed nearly a quarter of the island's population. In addition, the eruption caused dust clouds and haze to appear over most of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa for several months afterward, and affected climates in other areas. Iceland has many geysers, including Geysir, from which the English word is derived, and the famous Strokkur, which erupts every 8–10 minutes. After a phase of inactivity, Geysir started erupting again after a series of earthquakes in 2000. Geysir has since grown quieter and does not erupt often. With the widespread availability of geothermal power, and the harnessing of many rivers and waterfalls for hydroelectricity, most residents have access to inexpensive hot water, heating and electricity. The island is composed primarily of basalt, a low-silica lava associated with effusive volcanism as has occurred also in Hawaii. Iceland, however, has a variety of volcanic types (composite and fissure), many producing more evolved lavas such asrhyolite and andesite. Iceland has hundreds of volcanoes with approx. 30 volcanic systems active. Surtsey, one of the youngest islands in the world, is part of Iceland. Named after Surtr, it rose above the ocean in a series of volcanic eruptions between 8 November 1963 and 5 June 1968. Only scientists researching the growth of new life are allowed to visit the island.
A geologically young land, Iceland is located on both the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which runs right through it. This location means that the island is highly geologically active with many volcanoes, notablyHekla,