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Vetsmann Islands off the coast of Iceland. They are made following a series of submarine eruptions. The two largest islands in the thirty islands are Heimaey (13km2), the only inhabited, and Surtsey (2.5 km2). The latter is out of the waters in 1963. It is a great laboratory to follow as life grows. It is closed to the public except scientists. Westman Islands requires a separate status. Their history is bound to an event that occurred in the creation of Iceland. After killing the half-brother of Ingolfur Arnasson, his slaves original Irish took refuge in these islands. "Vestmenn" means "men from the West", a name that was given to the Irish. In the foreground, the river mouth Þjórsá "The River People"

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Additional Photos by Marie TADDEI (Nolme) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 238 W: 42 N: 1019] (6829)
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