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New Lagoon Emerges in Vatnajökull National Park

A large lagoon is emerging at the roots of Brúarjökull, a sub-glacier on the northern side of Vatnajökull, while the glacier continues to retreat. Reporter Ómar Ragnarsson flies over the lagoon regularly and says it has grown quickly this summer.

Ragnarsson estimated the lagoon had become around two square kilometers in size. It lies alongside the boarder of Brúarjökull and stretches up to two kilometers northwards from the glacier, Morgunbladid reports.

Oddur Benediktsson, a geologist at the National Energy Authority, said Brúarjökull is a so-called onrush glacier. It rushes on and retreats in turn.

Benediktsson said research had shown that the underlay of the glacier was lower than the ground in front of it and therefore they knew that a lagoon would be created when it retreated.

Many glacial lagoons are being created at the moment, Benediktsson added.

Click here to read about Iceland’s glaciers melting faster than expected.

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