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Surtsey Is An Island Where You Can’t Go Even If You Wanted To (11 pics + 1 gif)

Posted in Random » Interesting   22 Jun 2018   / 6203 views

Surtsey is a truly unique piece of land in Iceland that was formed in 1963

It emerged after a huge volcanic eruption that has lasted for 3 years

What makes this island so intriguing is not only its formation but the fact that nobody is permitted to enter

The main purpose of Surtsey is to better understand how an ecosystem forms itself from scratch, without any human impact

There are only a couple of scientists that are allowed on the island’s premises, making it one of a few forbidden places on earth

Before entering this island, every scientist is carefully checked so they won’t carry any foreign seeds in on themselves

One story that received a lot of attention was when a tomato starting growing on the island’s premises, leaving scientists stumped

Turns out somebody disobeyed the island’s laws and pooped on some lava

The tomato had to be immediately removed so it wouldn’t disturb the scientific research

One of the first native plants to grow  on the island without outside interference was moss

Fulmar and guillemot were the first species to inhabit the island













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