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An Island is Born

One dark morning in November 1963 Icelandic fishermen looked on in wonder as dense smoke began rising from the sea. They soon realised that a volcano in the sea was erupting. The volcano threw out ash and cinders and glowing lava bombs to form a small island in the sea.
The Icelanders named it Surtsey after Surtur, a fire demon of Icelandic mythology but they did not expect the island to survive. They thought it would be washed away by the sea. However three months later the volcano erupted again spewing lava on the original debris thus ensuring that it would not be washed away - and the world realised that Surtsey had come to stay.

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