27 Sep

How the Icelandic Volcano Grímsvötn Helped Spur the French Revolution

The old road across the Laki lava field
Photo by Matt

I saw this article on the web about these gorgeous lava fields that are covered with moss, and ended up learning about how the same volcano also caused a change weather across parts of Europe.

The eruption of Grímsvötn between 1783 and 1784 was one of the most devastating eruptions in recorded history. It devastated the people and wildlife of Iceland — as well as countries Europe — for years. According to the article, “in France, a series of crop failures and the resulting poverty and famine eventually triggered the French Revolution of 1789-1799.”

The photos of the resulting landscape are stunning, and makes me want to go to Iceland even more than I already did.

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