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Mouth of River in North Iceland to Be Relocated

Fishermen in Húsavík, northeast Iceland, plan to move the mouth of the nearby river Skjálfandafljót back to its original location next summer. The mouth of the river is steadily moving eastwards, thus breaking down soil as it progresses.

The fishermen are concerned that the soil from the river will be carried all the way to their town instead of towards Kinnarfjöll mountains like it used to. They plan to dam the mouth of the river and then reopen the original location, ruv.is reports.

Representatives of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland say relocating the mouth of the river is a difficult project because a significant number of rocks must be transported to the location, where a bulldozer is then required to place them correctly.

Also, the weather conditions need to be favorable, including wind from the south, and there must be a high volume of water in the river when it is being relocated.

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