Markarfljót river to the west of Eyjafjallajökull glacier flooded for the second time last night. The second flood was completely unlike the first one. The floodwater in the first flood was 3.5-4 degrees Celsius and contained almost no ice. In the second flood the water was close to 0 degrees and cotaining a thick layer of ice chunks, often 5-15 centimeters thick.
This caused problems for scientists in getting samples from the water. The explanation for the difference between the two floods is that in the first one the water came from a lagoon by the glacier but the second flood was melted ice from the glacier. According to mbl.is Sigurdur Reynir Gíslason, geologist at the Geological institute at the University of Iceland said last night that the fissure in the volcano was doubtless melting more ice. “As long as there is ice within the crater we can expect floodwater,” Gíslason said. “So we can expect more floods in Markarfljót in the coming days.”
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