Wolfgang

Wolfgang

Posted on 09/16/2008


Photo taken on August 19, 2008



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Iceland
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Skaftafell
Svinafellsjökull
Glacier


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Way to the Svinafellsjökull glacier

Way to the Svinafellsjökull glacier
The landscape is very similar to some of the Alps, but it has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire (volcanic eruptions of Öræfajökull) and water (the glaciers Skeiðarájökull and Skaftafellsjökull), the rivers Skeiðará, Morsá und Skaftafellsá. Volcanic eruptions under the ice-cap can give rise to glacier runs (Icelandic:jökulhlaup) which swell the Skeiðará river massively. The sandy wasteland between the glacier and the sea caused by jökulhlaups is called the Sandur. The last jökulhlaup occurred in 1996.

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