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Fire and Ice

A mere 300,000 people (give or take a few) live in Iceland and as around two-thirds of these are in the Reykjavik area that means a lot of land with not many people.  The island has no native land-mammals, since unlike most other places its origins as an island are not as the jetsam of an ancient continent but the product of volcanic eruptions that have either pushed up former seabeds into dry land or created entirely new land out of solidified lava – hence the only animals apart from birds are creatures that humans have imported and their descendants.  The process of land creation continues apace: the north american and european tectonic plates that cross Iceland are moving apart at a rate of 2cm a year.  Maybe this growing geological separation explains why our two cultures, outwardly so similar, seem to be inexorably drifting in different directions?

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Jonathan KerryJonathan Kerry is an ecclesiastical administrator