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Location of Öskjuvatn in Iceland.
Location of Öskjuvatn in Iceland.
Coordinates65°02′N 16°45′W / 65.033°N 16.750°W / 65.033; -16.750Coordinates: 65°02′N 16°45′W / 65.033°N 16.750°W / 65.033; -16.750
Basin countriesIceland
Surface area11 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Max. depth217 m (712 ft)[1]
Water volume1.2 km3 (0.29 cu mi)

Öskjuvatn (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈœscʏˌvahtn̥], "Askja Lake") is a lake in the Highlands of Iceland. Its surface area is about 11 km². With a depth of 217 m (712 ft), it is the second deepest lake in Iceland after Jökulsárlón.[1][2]

The lake is situated in the crater of the volcano Askja in the north-east of the glacier Vatnajökull. The name Öskjuvatn simply means Askja lake. Like the neighbouring crater Víti, it was created by an enormous volcanic eruption in 1875.[citation needed]

On July 10, 1907, two German scientists, Walter von Knebel and Max Rudloff disappeared while exploring the lake in a small boat. Knebel's fiancée, Ina von Grumbkow, led an expedition in search of them with a vulcanologist Hans Reck, but no trace of them was ever found. Suppositions at the time suggested that seismic volcanic disturbances could have caused a landslip or similar occurrence, and recorded that only two days previously the telegraph cable to Iceland had been broken by deep water disturbances for the first time since it was laid, close to the Icelandic coast.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "Rivers and Lakes". Iceland.is. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Jökulsárlón become the country's deepest lake". Visir. Retrieved 2012-01-04.

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