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Iceland’s Tallest Waterfall Might Lose Its Status

By Iceland Review

Glymur in Hvalfjördur, west Iceland, which is the country’s highest waterfall with a drop of 198 meters, might now lose its status.


Glymur. Photo by Sybille Regout. Click here to watch a slideshow of the waterfall.

One of the new waterfalls which was created at the edge of Morsárjökull glacier in Vatnajökull national park might be 228 meters high, as informal measuring by geologist Jón Vidar Sigurdsson on Sunday indicated, Morgunbladid reports.

If this is correct, the national park will not only boast the country’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, and the country’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, but also the country’s highest waterfall.

Eydís Líndal, divisional manager at the National Land Survey of Iceland, said an accurate measuring of the waterfall will probably soon be conducted in cooperation with the national park’s management.

If proven that the waterfall is higher than Glymur, “it must be determined whether the waterfall can be defined as such and then historical facts must be changed in school books.”

The waterfall, which tumbles over the edge of a cliff along with other cascades originating in Morsárjökull, which is part of Vatnajökull, has been visible since 2007.

“Glaciers are retreating because of global warming. It is obvious if you look a few decades back. The glaciers become thinner and the waterfall tumbles down the edge of a cliff where the glacier lies on top,” Sigurdsson described.

Click here to see a picture of the series of waterfalls and here to read more about the national park. Click here to read more about melting glaciers.

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