Iceland's changing landscape
Only a few satellites orbit near the poles, high enough to catch Iceland's fiery lava fountains in action. Here are some of the best of the bunch.
Iceland's Holuhraun eruption seen in a combined before-and-after radar image from the TerraSAR-X satellite.
Infrared views of the Bardarbunga volcanic eruption. The false color image was snapped Sept. 6 by NASA's Landsat 8 satellite. The photo seen here combines shortwave infrared, near-infrared and green light.
Spying sputtering lava
A zoom view of the previous Landsat image highlights glowing lava against Holuhraun's black sands and glacier-fed river channels.
Fire and ice
A natural color version of the same image of Iceland's volcanic eruption, captured Sept. 6 by NASA's Landsat 8 satellite.
The MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra satellite caught a long trail of sulfur dioxide gas spewing from the eruption on Sept. 5.
The hot lava peeks through stormy clouds in another MODIS image from the Terra satellite. The image was shot Aug. 31, the day the eruption kicked into high gear.