Monday, September 15, 2008

View north over the flood plain to Vatnajokul.

The longest straight run in Iceland, its over a glacial flood plain. The plain is caused by glacial bursts (Jokulhlaup) that are the result of Volcanic eruptions underneath Vatnajokul. The floods are so violent that pieces of ice up to 1000 tonnes could be found several kilometers from the glacier. The last flood took place in 1996, it released 3.6 cubic km's of water with a flow rate of 55000 cubic metres\second. For more info see:

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