Iceland

“The Weight of Mountains”, From Studiocanoe.

“All the good and evil things that happen in the world are of no consequence to the magnitude of their scale.”

It’s Friday, and I intend to step back and watch this short film from  again. It is a wonderfully shot and edited 12 minute short that is based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp. It talks about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. While that might sound boring, it is actually quite interesting, and the footage, which was shot on location in Iceland is rather amazing. There is great informative storytelling here with calming narration, and a musical score that soothes as you watch.

Eyjafjallajoekull vs The Friendly Skies.

Later this week I am flying to France, and now that Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajoekull is starting to calm down, it’s a certainty that I’ll be going. Over at Information Is Beautiful, they posted an interesting graph about how much CO2 is pushed into the atmosphere by both the volcano and the airline industry. Based on the graph, I wonder what the environmental impact would be, if 4 days a month were no fly days world-wide. I have a feeling that the world would reduce CO2 emissions by a number far greater than 206,465 tons.

For full volcano statistics in a less visually appealing form, go here.