Kleifarvatn

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This article is about the lake in Iceland. For the novel named after the lake, see Kleifarvatn (novel).
Kleifarvatn
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Lake Kleifarvatn in Iceland
Location Reykjanes
Coordinates 63°55′N 21°59′W / 63.917°N 21.983°W / 63.917; -21.983Coordinates: 63°55′N 21°59′W / 63.917°N 21.983°W / 63.917; -21.983
Basin countries Iceland
Max. length 4.7 km
Max. width 2.5 km
Surface area 8 km2
Max. depth 97 m (as of 2000)

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.[1] 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.[citation needed]

Kleifarvatn, June 2008

The novel Kleifarvatn by Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indriðason was named after the lake.

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  1. ^ "Lake Kleifarvatn". Hit Iceland. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 

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