Volcanic Ash from Eyjafjallajökull for sale!
Friday 14, May 2010
New Volcanic Ash from the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Eruption – own a piece of modern history! Nammi.is now offers ash samples from the eruption and all profits from the sale of the ash will be donated to ICESAR.
In early April 2010 dust and ash emmissions from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull [ay-ah-fjad-la-jo-kul] managed to cause Worldwide havoc to the aviation industry and affected over 100,000 flights coming in and out of Europe. It has been estimated that the dust cloud affected the lifes and plans of over 40 million Americans, for example.
The grey ash originates from a depth of 7km and is more than 1100 degrees in Celsius (or 2000 in Fahrenheit) when it emerges to the surface and comes into contact with the glacial ice, which lays 300 metres thick above.
When the hot lava comes into contact with the ice, it causes enormous steam explosions, resulting in millions of tons of new solid lava being thrown into the atmosphere as tiny light weight particles, i.e. volcanic ash.
This air travel disruption is the most extensive one in history and now you can own a piece of history – a sample of this very volcanic ash.
Nammi.is now offers ash samples from the eruption, which are sent out in a glass jar (160 grams) and shipped to customers in a thick cardboard paperbox.
All profits from the sale of the ash will be donated to ICE-SAR (www.icesar.com) association that have been helping with the safety in the area and also been helping with clean up with the farmers under Eyjafjallajökull.
Managing Director of www.nammi.is, Sófus Gústavsson, says that in the beginning most of the orders came from Australia and the USA, that is to say, those countries which hadn't already received their fair share by air like many European countries.
Now mainly Britons and Scandinavians are placing orders after considerable news coverage in those countries, in fact, orders are going through the roof.
The price of the ash is not cheap and Gústavsson says that the pricing is no coincidence. All of the proceeds from the sale are meant to go to ICE-SAR which is a national rescue team manned with volunteers in Iceland. ICE-SAR has been on the scene at Eyjafjallajökull helping farmers rescue their livestock and pastures. All of 160 grams of ash are sold for 3.900 Icelandic Kronas (approx. GBP 20).
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