Admonishing natural beauty
by Carsten Spisla, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Not only embodies the glacial lake Jökulsárlón in southeast Iceland one of Icelands natural wonders, it is also a reminder of global change. Formed by the retreating glacier Breiðamerkurjökull only ~80 years ago, the lake grew in the first half of its life slowly to about 8 km² around the beginning of industrialization. Due to the intensified melting of the glacier ever since, the lake today already more than doubled its size to ~18 km², and is with ~250 m depth, the deepest lake in Iceland.
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Submitted on 13 February 2018
Credit: Carsten Spisla (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)
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