Canyon floor of Eldgjá
|Elevation||varies: canyon to 800 metres (2,625 ft)|
|Listing||List of volcanoes in Iceland|
|Mountain type||Fissure vents of Katla|
Eldgjá (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈɛltcau] ( listen), "fire canyon") is a volcano and a canyon in Iceland. Eldgjá and the Katla volcano are part of the same volcanic system in the south of the country.
Situated between Landmannalaugar and Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Eldgjá is the largest volcanic canyon in the world, approx. 40 km long, 270 m deep and 600 m wide at its greatest. It was discovered by Þorvaldur Thoroddsen in 1893. The first documented eruption in 934 was the largest flood basalt in historic time. The areal extent of the lava is around 800 km2. An estimated 18 km3 of magma poured out of the earth.
There is a waterfall named Ófærufoss within the canyon. A natural bridge across the waterfall vanished in 1993 due to excess water from melting ice.
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- "Katla: Eruptive History". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution.
- "Ósnortin víðerni og einstakar jarðmyndanir" (in Icelandic). Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
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