This is the moment that a volcano erupts underneath the sea…
Although relatively little is known about them, it’s believed there are over 1 million submarine volcanoes, largely located along the mid-atlantic ridge.
These volcanoes are responsible for producing 75% of the earth’s magma.
Underwater volcanoes are understood to work like their counterparts on dry land.
They form towering mountains submerged well below sea level - some reported to rise as much as 10,000 feet above the seabed.
Whilst it’s relatively rare to see, these eruptions can also create new islands above the water.
On November 14th, 1963, a trawler sailing just south of Iceland noticed a plume of smoke billowing from the sea. Thinking it was a fire on board another ship, they travelled towards what was, in fact an underwater volcano erupting and witnessed the birth of a new island. It was named Surtsey after fire giants of Norse mythology.
Today, the island of Surtsey is a UNESCO world heritage site, and the only people allowed to set foot on it are the scientists studying the ecosystem and geology of this unspoiled isle.
It’s thought that Iceland itself was created in this way by underwater volcanoes, millions of years ago. So whilst it may be rare to see one erupt, these submarine volcanoes have a big part to play in shaping the world above water.
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After weeks of thousands of earthquakes on the peninsula of Reykjanes in Iceland on March 19th 2021 the ground opened up and the lava reached the surface. The volcano of GELDINGADALIR at the FAGRADALSFJALLI was born. Right after I heard from the eruption I flew to Iceland waited for the end of my quarantine and then I spent several days and nights at the volcano. It was such an incredible adventure. Every day the volcano looked completely different.
Spelling mistake: Sorry for the embarrassing misspelling on the 3rd title (it's way to the surface) - Youtube don't let me exchange the video, so please just overlook it ;-)
Volcano name - Also I need to say that the volcano I filmed has no name yet. It's located in the valley of Geldingadalir close to the mountain Fagradalsfjall - it's a bit tricky to name the movie without an official volcano name. :-)
For this footage I brought 3 Mavic 2 Pro drones with me. One was „sacrificed“ for the very close up shots. As those flights through the lava spray were pure luck and the drones records the footage internally I recorded the screen of my remote control that in case of loosing it I would at least have the final shots saved on my mobile phone. But this lucky bee survived to the very end. The drone is completely melted from the outside and there are so many malfunctions and errors that it’s funny to fly - BUT it still flies and captures photos and videos.
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Cinematography: Stefan Forster
Cut and Editing: Stefan Forster
Music: Hampus Naeselius ES
Drone: Mavic / D-Log-M 4K 30P HQ
Software: Davinci Resolve Studio 17
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