One of the most powerful geothermal power plants in the world – Hellisheidi Power Plant in Iceland

The Hellisheiði Power Plant is found on the list of top ten geothermal power plants in the world. As a single power plant producing about 300 MW of electricity and with the equivalent of 133 MW for supplying hot water, it provides a total of over 400 MW of energy.

Here is the official link with the figures:

The location of Hellisheidi Power Plant is in accordance with the convection currents of Earth’s mantle, as shown on this map:

The location of Hellisheidi Power Plant

These lines are derived from the section of convection rolls found at equator.

The equator plane section of measured layers, with convection rolls pattern inserted.

By deriving the division lines to the north from equator, they can be traced towards Iceland. The main division line between two of the twelve large convection rolls of lower mantle is found under the power plant, providing the energy and geological preconditions for utilization of geotherrmal heat.

Where the Power Plant is located, the two plates of Europe and America meet. But underneath the two mantle convection rolls under the eastern and western side of the Atlantic Ocean pull in opposite directions, excerting the force necessary for the tectonic drift to occur.

Let us have a closer look (zoom in) at the crossings, pointed out on the large scale map above:

The location of Hellisheiði Power Plant compared with crossings of main division lines of convection rolls

The town of Hveragerði has the most spectacular location, as the main crossings are found at the montain Reykjafell at its side. Only just over 10 km away is the Hellisheidi Power Plant. Another power plant of Nesjavellir is nearby. In between them is the volcano Hengill, with the division line under it, with the orientation of NW-SE. In this way, we can look into the details of the main crossings of convection rolls in Iceland, providing a set of very special geological phenomena.


The Faroe Islands Platform – and why Greenland drifted first to to the east and then to the west

The Faroe Islands are formed in a similar way as Iceland. Those interested in the geology of the islands can first read

Then look at the map of the Faroe Platform. You can notice the round form north of the islands.

The Faroe Platform as seen on Google Earth

East of the islands, the Faroe-Shetland Trough seperates the two island clusters. West of the Faroe islands, the Faroe Gap plays a similar role.

This can be considered in relation to the convection rolls system. The Faroe-Shetland Trough clearly follows the convection rolls alignment. Let us combine the calculated alignment and the circular formation north of the islands, assuming a north-south symmetry of the said form.

The Faroe Islands Platform in calculated form

The calculated alignment of convection rolls at 62°N has the deviation 53° from west axis. The arc found north of the islands has symmetrical end points, coinciding with similar trends of the sides to the east and west (both have deviation of 53° from east-west axis). The resulting fan image is the basic form of the Faroe Islands Platform.

And if compared to the convection rolls system, you might become surprised!

The position of the Faroe Islands Platform within the convection rolls system

This shows that the more you look into each aspect, the more you know, the more you understand, the more clear the resemblance between surface topography and interior magma flow.

But how did the Faroe Islands get to the present location. The basalt formation are up to 58 million years old. This can be traced backwards, thanks to GPS measurements of tectonic drift.

If we simply prolong the drift vector over 58 million years, the distance is more than 1,000 kilometers. Take the two factors into account, expansion of sea floor, and the rotation of it:

The preconditions of tectonic drift of Faroe Islands for 58 Ma

This happened when Greenland was splitting apart from Canada. Therefore the old fissures are in the Faroe Islands are oriented NW to SE. Later, the orientation of the Reykjanes Ridge became dominating, so the volcanic fissures became aligned NE to SW

And if this is not enough to explain, let us look into the past:

Volcanic Activity in Greenland 70 Ma.

Greenland and Baffinland started to be divided, leaving marks of volcanism in W-Greenland. The effect became two-fold, as the line to SE split Greenland from Baffinland, but also the polar line leading over Greenland to SE became active. Volcanism can therefore be traced over Greenland…3714.4204..4556…0.0..0.98.361.4……0….1..gws-wiz-img.mJyecj4yRqg#imgrc=cd2ypyiYZPaOFM:

Later, when the Reykjanes Ridge took over, the line from Iceland to Greenland caused volcanism in E-Greenland. Therefore, the path over Greenland is actually caused by two different convection rolls division lines.

This could of course also be drawn with 10 pictures in a timeline 🙂

The position 58 Ma

This is a bit different from convectional drawings. The lines fit to all the igneous rock formations. The line forming the Labrador Sea extends between Ireland and Scotland, causing eruptions there. The combined effects of expansion of the North Atlantic, Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone and the N-E rotational trend of Europe explain the movement to present location during the next 58 Ma. Greenland on the other hand drifts back and forth during that time, first to N-E and then to N-W.

Puple color shows 55 Ma basalt

This map is from

The volcanic pattern of around 55 Ma

This is by no means an exact drawing, but what is pointed out here is the combination of the main system responsible for the opening of the Labrador Sea, the shift to the formation of the Reykjanes Ridge, and the igneous rock in Ireland and Scotland.

And if you want to see how this happened, just have a look at this little movie. There you see how Greenland moved away from the main division lines. Download and look.


The most powerful low temperature area in Iceland

In Borgarfjörður the area around Reykholt provides naturally about 400 liters per second of boiling hot water. The Reykjanes Ridge line to NE and the NW line of Hekla intersect there and create these extraordinary conditions.

Study area of Reykholt

The valleys are oriented E-W due to the outer pressure on the polygon. A cube of mainly ductile material breaks from one corner to the other). The combination of side pressure and heat source creates a geothermal area.


The Borgarfjörður, Southern Lowlands and Eyjafjallajökull EW-axis

Along the 64th parallel over the Southen Lowlands area the fracture zone occationally causing large earthquakes is found. An older version is found in the Borgarfjörður area. An EW-axis is also found along Eyjafjallajökull and through the Katla caldera.

EW-axis in central areas of polygons

As the lines represent divisions between convection rolls, the coherence between these EW-axis and the convection rolls is amazing. Remember that Hekla and Hallarmúli are found at the eastern end points of the relevant axis. The large flows caused by Katla euruptions are originated from an opening on the east end, through which Kötlujökull slides out from the caldera.

So should we explain this, or can anyone realize why this is so? The polygons are subject to pressure and tension from nearby polygons and the mantle flow below. As they are mainly made of ductile material, they break in the middle from one corner to the other. It is pure physics.


Reykholt – a cultural and geological site

Reykholt is one of the most famous sites of Icelandic history. The location of Reykholt is at the intersection point of division lines between main convection rolls.

The convection rolls crossings at Reykholt in Iceland

One line creates the Reykjanes Ridge, a section of the Atlantic Ridge, the other line contributes directly to Katla, Hekla and Prestahnúkur. Where those lines meet, the famous geothermal area of Reykjadalur, including Reykholt and the most powerful hotspring of the world, Deildartunguhver, appear.

Snorri Sturluson lived there, wrote about history and mythology, besides that he most likely wrote Egils saga. His farm was heated with geothermal heat, making use of steam from nearby hotspring by letting it through pipes under the floor within the farm.