Birth of a volcano - 1963 In 1963 the volcano Surtsey off the coast of Iceland emerged from 426 feet below sea level to create a new island - via Twitter - thanks JeffreyRotter!)

Slideshow of volcanic landscapes from Smithsonian Magazine

“It was more fun going down than going up.” - Volcano boarding Cerro Negro in Leon, Nicaragua - via Twitter (thanks lauren_rock!)

More great shots of the current big bad beast of Iceland on

“Ashfall” magazine by and for the volcano-stranded masses (via BoingBoing)