Bright green moss has colonized a hill in the middle of Maelifellsandur, a black desert of lava and volcanic ash in Iceland. The hill is all what remains of a once active cinder cone, ground down by ice of the nearby retreating Maelifell glacier.
In the mile Laki Fissure appeared in the terrain of south Iceland. Within 7 months, some 3 cubic miles of lava issued from around 300 craters that grew along the fissure. The Laki Fissure’s biggest crater is 393 ft across, and contains a lake.