AR-141039805It’s now clear that the Holuhraun eruption is the greatest eruption in Iceland in more than 230 years. This eruption some unique qualities when compared to other Icelandic eruptions through the ages – but also on a global scale. Earlier this week scientists announced with certainty that the new still-growing lava field north of the Vatnaj√∂kull glacier, whom many want to be called Nornahraun (Witches’s lavafield) is larger than any other lava field since the Laki eruption in 1783-1784 – an eruption that had greater and more dire consequences than most other eruptions in recorded history. More