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Explorers Enter Volcano’s Magma Chamber for First Time

May 8, 2011 / Iceland, Europe

October 2010 will go down in history as the first time people entered the magma chamber of a dormant volcano. Scientists decended 650ft into the mouth of Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland to visit the only magma chamber currently safe for exploration.

The 17 member team was made up of 2 volconologists, expert mountaineers and a film crew to record the historic event. They descended into the volcano using traditional rope techniques.

On of the scientists, Dr. Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a volcano researcher from the University of Iceland, hopes to apply new information learned during this expedition to his study of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which erupted last year causing havoc to flights all over Europe.

Thrihnukagigur helped create Iceland during it’s last eruption 3,000 years ago.

Inside the heart of the volcano: Explorers descend 650ft into magma chamber for the first time [Daily Mail]

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