An article in Science News, the magazine of the Society
for Science & the Public, reports on research by UB geologist
Tracy Gregg and a colleague, who are the first to offer an
explanation for the hollow pillars of lava in Iceland’s
picturesque Skaelingar valley. The pillars formed when molten rock
oozed over soggy land, where the patches of wet earth between the
lobes cooled the hot rock, forming solid crusts, they said.