Lake Kleifarvatn in Iceland
|Max. length||4.7 km|
|Max. width||2.5 km|
|Surface area||8 km2|
|Max. depth||97 m (as of 2000[update])|
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, situated in the southern part of the peninsula. It is located on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The lake has no visible water coming in or going out as most of its water comes and leaves underground. The lake can be reached via a track, and there are two areas with high temperature that can be found not far from it: Seltún/Krýsuvík and another to the east. The lake's greatest depth is 97 m. After the big earthquake in 2000, the lake began to diminish, and 20% of its surface has since disappeared.
The cracks that opened up in the earthquake have since then slowly filled again and by 2008 the lake had regained its previous surface level.
- "Lake Kleifarvatn". Hit Iceland. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
- More information and photos about Kleifarvatn on Hit Iceland
- Kleifarvatn – Photo gallery
- "Iceland Lake Disappearing Into New Crack in Earth", Bijal P. Trivedi, National Geographic Today, October 1, 2001
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