These images are a a much more beautiful way of saying this:
Iceland was formed from lava at the edge of two parting tectonic plates. It has 30 volcanic “systems” that include hundreds of volcanoes - and 13 of those have erupted since Iceland was settled in 784, spewing enormous quantities of volcanic ash. The North Atlantic Current keeps the weather pretty mild (even though Iceland is as close to the North Pole as Alaska) and it also brings the moisture that has fueled the formation of glaciers on Iceland’s volcanic slopes. [Insert “Song of Ice and Fire” reference here]
Every third Monday in January marks the American federal holiday known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There are a number of monuments, memorials, streets, libraries and schools named after the African-American activist, but probably the most random (and by the far the coldest) is the Martin Luther King Jr. Living Memorial in Anchorage, Alaska. When the state officially recognized the holiday in 1986 the city began preparations for a memorial, which was completed in 1999. Community contributions totaled over $250,000 to create bronze panels and a bust by artist Jerome Meadows as well as to build a surrounding brick plaza. I’m not sure King ever visited Alaska, which is shame because he missed the chance to see Russia from Sarah Palin’s house, but his memory lives on.