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New 90-Meter High Waterfall in Iceland

A new 90-meter high waterfall was created in Hafrahvammagljúfur canyon in Iceland’s eastern highlands yesterday as a byproduct of the dam in Kárahnjúkar—an overflow of the man-made Hálslón lagoon. The waterfall is known as Kárahnjúkafoss.

Over the summer a large portion of Brúarjökull, a sub-glacier to Vatnajökull, melts, causing more water to flow into Hálslón than is needed for the Kárahnjúkar hydropower plant, Morgunbladid reports.

The water level in Hálslón thus rises and flows over a wall and down a custom-made overflow channel, which is a couple of hundred meters long. From there the water falls down Hafrahvammagljúfur canyon, creating the waterfall.

Kárahnjúkafoss waterfall is expected to appear every year in late summer and disappear again in early October.

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