Topic: Iceland

Playing beach volleyball in front of journalists
Photo Essay

The Superstar and the Sex Symbol: The World’s Highest Ranking Chess Champions

When Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen lean over the chessboard at Chennai’s Hyatt Regency on Nov. 9 for Game 1 of the World Chess Championship, it will mark the coming together of the sport’s first superstar with its first sex symbol.

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Sabine Mirlesse
Out There

Out From Under the Volcano: A Photographer’s Impressions From Iceland

When the volcano Eldfell erupted on a January morning in 1973, nearly all of the 5,000 some residents who shared an island with it off the southern coat of Iceland fled. Forty years later, photographer Sabine Mirlesse was struck by the stories of the town lost and those later found beneath the ash. Those stories inspired much of her new book, “As if it should have been a quarry.”

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Hjalmar R. Bardarson, © Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson—Arctic Images
Out There

Iceland: Living with Volcanoes

In addition to his own pictures, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson scanned and preserved hundreds of archival photos of volcanoes for his new book, Magma: Icelandic Volcanoes.

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Green Renaissance—EPA

TIME Picks the Most Surprising Photos of 2011

A cat with two faces, rail tracks buckled by the shifting earth after an earthquake in New Zealand, the police rescue of a girl held hostage by her father—these are just a few of the compelling and surprising images to have emerged beyond the main news cycle this year.

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The Best Pictures of the Week, May 20 – May 27

This week: Obama tours Europe, the Grimsvoetn volcano erupts; tornadoes and floods hit the US; fighting continues on Misratah’s frontline; a Slovakian hospital provides music therapy for newborn babies; and shuttle astronaut Andrew Fuestel walks in space.

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Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson—Arctic Images
The Backstory

High Above the Glacier

Icelandic photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson recounts his flight over a volcano spewing 10,000 to 20,000 tons of ash per second.

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Jon Gustafsson—Reuters
Man on the Wire

Iceland’s Grimsvotn Volcano Erupts

Iceland’s most active volcano erupted Saturday — just over a year after another eruption on the North Atlantic island shut down European air traffic for days. The powerful volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles into the air.

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